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Great Land 
South of the 




Is the New Year 

4 Mexico 

Broken Records, 
and . . . 

The Sowers 

Children's Page 

11 Firstborn 

Church News 

Your Pastor — Shep- 
herd or Administrator? 

How God Makes a 

Service in Mexico 

Sweetest Story . . . 

Scattered Notes on 

WMC News 

Still Small Ring 

SMM's Four-Fold 



Clyde K. Landrum, Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions — Rev. John W. Zielasko 

Home Missions — Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

Grace Schools — Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

SMM — Miss Donna Hawbaker 

Laymen — Mr. Harold Jones 

January 11, 1969 


Foreign Missions 
and WMC Issue 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: 
$4.00 a year, foreign, $5.00. Special rates 
to churches. 



COVER PHOTO: A little boy at 
the Aleman Mission, Tijuana, Mex 
ico, with his VBS book. 

Brethren Missionary Herai 

The Editor Speaks . . . 

By Clyde K. Landrum 

Is the 


Some people seem to associate magic 
with the New Year. During the past 
year things were not what they should 
have been, but in the New Year they 
will be different! I'm making a resolu- 
tion that where I "goofed" last year, 
I'll not in the coming year. That cer- 
tain project I didn't get accomplished 
last year, this year will blossom into 
reality. This is a new year! 

But is the New Year new? What 
difference is there between December 
31st, and January 1st; between the old 
and the new? Can the calendar per- 
form the alchemy of making success 
out of failure; making new out of old? 
Can mere determination bring about 
such a change? Probably not. 

Most likely the person who is going 
to have a good year in 1 969 has had a 
good year in 1968. Moving from one 
year to another is no different from 
moving from one month to another. 
His business is in order, and he is 
in persistent persuit of success. He 
is on his way. He will make prog- 
ress in 1969 because he had planned 
his work in 1968. Success in his re- 
lationships in the New Year will de- 
pend largely upon foundations of good 
relationships in 1968. This, rather 
than magic or the calendar, will make 
the New Year a really new experience 
for him. 

The one real benefit to coming to a 
new year is the fact of taking inventory 
of our stewardship, of our progress in 
our program. This is the real benefit 
as seen by the business world. So it 
must be in Christian service. If we 

really have had it in our heart to love 
our neighbor, no matter what his 
station in life or the color of his skin, 
and have not, then we must dedicate 
ourselves to accomplishing that goal 
in the year ahead. We must look at 
ourselves, measuring success by the 
standards in the Word of God. If in 
our hoping, determining, resolving to 
do better we have dragged along with 
us prejudices and selfish ambitions, we 
can expect nothing new or better in 
the ensuing year. We are simply put- 
ting new wine in old wine skins. It will 
not last. There must be a change of 
heart; we must trust God to work a 
new thing in us. 

God is challenging His church to re- 
vival. Some might call it renewal. 
Whatever the terminology, there is 
great need for a fresh stirring of the 
Holy Spirit in our hearts and lives. 
This will not be accomplished by the 
calendar; and it likely will not be ac- 
complished en masse. It might start 
for some at the dawning of the New 
Year; for others it might be in Febru- 
ary, or May, or September. But once 
inertia is overcome and we get in mo- 
tion, God grant that we will continue 
in motion indefinitely in a fervency 
for the Lord that will be well pleasing 
to Him. With such a Holy Spirit-im- 
planted change of heart, the New Year 
will be new. So will every month, 
week, and day. There will be fresh op- 
portunities for soul winning and for 
a practical expression of the love of 
God tow.rd others. 

inuary 11, 1969 

Beginning a series on Brethren mission fields. . . 

MEXICO - That Great Lan< 

B e 

between the United States to the 
north and Central America to the 
south lies the cornucopia-shaped land 
of Mexico, the largest of the Middle- 
American countries. It has an area 
roughly equal to one-fourth that of 
continental United States. 


Mexico's early history is shrouded 
in mystery. At least two civilized races 
—the Mayas and later the Toltecs— 
preceded the wealthy Aztec empire. 
The word Mexico is connected with 
the name of the group of American 
tribes calling themselves Mexica, or 
Azteca. The word is related to the 
name of a Mexican national war god, 
Mexitl. About 1325, the Aztecs 
founded on the Lake of Dezcuco the 
permanent settlement of Mexico Te- 
nochtitlan, which is still represented 
by the capital city of Mexico. When 
early in the sixteenth century the 
Spaniards found their way from the 
West Indian islands to this part of the 
mainland of America, they came in 
view of nations cultured high above 
the level that they had hitherto met in 
the new world. Here were not rude 
and simple tribes like the islanders of 
the Antilles, but nations with orga- 
nized armies, official administrators, 
courts of justice, high agricultural and 
mechanical arts. And what struck the 
white men especially were the stone 
buildings whose architecture and sculp- 
ture were often of dimensions and 
elaborateness to astonish the builders 
and sculptors of Europe. 

In 1521, the Spanish Conquest 
under Hernando Cortes brought the 
native history of Mexico to an end. 
Spain ruled for the next 300 years 
until 1810 (the date was September 16 
and is now celebrated as Independence ! 
Day), when the Mexicans first revolted. 
They continued the struggle and finally 
won independence in 1821. 

There were turbulent times from 
1821 to 1867 with emperors, dictators, 
and presidents changing on the average 
of every nine months until 1867, when 
the presidency of the Indian patriot, 
Benito Juarez, began to calm the inter- 
nal unrest. Problems still prevailed 
with the United States over boundaries 
until about 1917. Since then, Mexico 
has progressed to be a leading country 
in Latin America. 


To give Charles V of Spain some 
idea of the landscape of Mexico, Cor- 
tez is said to have put before him a 
crumpled paper. There are very few 
places in Mexico where one is not in 
sight of mountains. Towering snow- 
capped peaks make wonderful scenery, 
but only seven percent of the Mexican 
land surface can be used for agriculture. 
Illinois has more arable acres than all 
of Mexico. Iowa has only eight percent 
of Mexico's population, and yet it har- 
vests from more land. Ironically, 
Mexico's croplands lie largely in the 
regions of great earthquake and vol- 
canic activity. In 1943, near the vil- 
lage of Paracutin, eruptions began in a 
cornfield and eight months later had 

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, El Paso 


/ San Ysidro 

2 Tijuana 

3 Ensenada 

4 Calexico 

5 Mexicali 


January 11, 1969 

built a cone 1,500 feet high. Irrigation 
projects have been opening desert areas 
for agriculture in recent years. 


The Mexican people are made up of 
three main groups. Thirty percent are 
racially and culturally Indian. This is 
the great silent chorus which has 
played a tragic part in the drama of 
Mexican history. More than 400 
years after the Conquest, there are 
still groups of Indians who maintain 
their isolation, even to the extent 
of not speaking Spanish. Ten per- 
cent of the population are the criollos, 
the descendants of Spanish and other 
European immigrants. Although born 
on Mexican soil, they have always 
had their eyes turned toward Europe. 
Sixty percent of the Mexican people 
are mestizos, the mixture of Spanish 
and Indian blood. This group be- 
gan at the time of the Conquest 
in the early 1500's. As it swelled 
it served to unite the diverse Indian 
groups and was a bridge for European 
culture. The mestizo has given Mexico 
its distinctive culture. Without losing 
contact with the native civilizations of 
the past, it has supplied the drive to 
make a place for Mexico among the 
nations of the modern world. 


The economic growth of Mexico is 
seven percent per year of late, which is 
considered above normal for most 
countries. Agricultural exports are 
mostly sisal hemp and chicle, the base 
for chewing gum. Cotton is another of 
the major crops to be exported— raw, 
or in industry, to be made into cloth. 
Other industrial products are beer, 
sugar, iron, and steel. The land is rich 
in minerals. Silver is the leader, fol- 
lowed by gold, lead, copper, and zinc. 
Income has been increasing yearly, 
but is still less than $500 per capita 
per year. 


Most of the people of Mexico say 
they are Roman Catholic. Not a very 
large percentage are faithful in atten- 
dance at their church, however. Among 
the Indian population, paganism con- 
tinues much as it did when the Spanish 
arrived. Protestants comprise about 
eight percent of the population, but 
that includes the cults as well as the 
evangelicals, which are only about half 
of the group. 

Pastor "Pancho" 
Lopez and his mother. 
They have worked 
together in the 
San Luis, Sonora 
missions. She 
supervises prepara- 
tion of the used 
clothing which is 
donated by the 
Southern California 
churches to be sold 
for Mexican missions 
—proceeds to be used 
for church construc- 
tion or pastor's 

Mission History 

The Brethren field in Baja California 
was opened in 1951 with the A. L. 
Howard and Walter Haag families locat- 
ing in San Ysidro, California, across the 
international border from Tijuana, Baja 
California. Shortly thereafter the How- 
ard family moved to Calexico, Cali- 
fornia, across from Mexicali, Baja Cali- 
fornia. These locations put next door 
to the missionaries the major portion 
of the inhabitants of the peninsula. A 
concentrated effort was made in the 
large border cities and an occasional 
trip was made down the peninsula. 

Vision was enlarged to include all 
of Mexico as the field when the Sibley 
Edmiston family joined the work in 
1954 at the border city of Laredo, 
Texas, with their outreach to Nuevo 
Laredo. Later they moved south to 
the state of Guanajuato in the interior 
of Mexico. 

The Phillip Guerena family entered 
the capital city in 1963 to work with 
the university students, and now they 
are reaching out into the community 
where they live in Mexico City. 

The James Dowdy family came to 
El Paso, Texas, as self-supporting mis- 
sionaries in 1964, and they work as 
they are able in Juarez across the 

The Jack Churchill family came to 
the Mexico field on loan from Argen- 

tina in 1966, and are located in San 
Ysidro with a ministry in a mission in 
Tijuana as well as Mr. Churchill being 
the director of the Bible Institute. 

Mission Activities 

Besides the church-building along 
the border and in Mexico City, a Bible 
institute program has been carried on 
at Tijuana since 1959, and most of our 
pastors have received their training 
with us. 

As a literature ministry, a limited 
amount of printing has been done, 
mostly the denominational magazine 
for the field. A bookstore was estab- 
lished in 1962 in Tijuana as a cooper- 
ative venture entered into by mission- 
ary Haag and men of several other de- 
nominations. A second store was 
opened in 1968 in Mexicali. These en- 
able people in these large centers of 
population to have near at hand the 
printed materials they need. 

A very pleasant and challenging 
ministry is the summer camp program. 
Many of the present leaders of the 
church were challenged to Christian 
service in camp. Summer missionaries 
helped in camp and in vacation Bible 
schools this past year. It was a chal- 
lenge to them and of great help to the 
missionaries, who look forward to hav- 
ing more helpers in the years to come. 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

I his page is being written more 
than a month before it will reach you. 
Publication deadlines make this neces- 
sary. So, at this point, we can only 
anticipate what the final total will be 
for the Brethren Foreign Missions of- 
fering for 1968. If the present trend 
continues (and we see no reason why 
it should not), the Foreign Missionary 
Society will have received the largest 
annual offering in its history. An in- 
crease of $50,000 over 1967 was need- 
ed to meet the added expense caused 
by a significant increase in missionary 
personnel (the FMSsent out an average 
of a missionary a month in 1968), in- 
flation, and expansion. By October 
the Foreign Missionary Society had al- 
ready expended over a half-million 
dollars, anticipated expenditures for 
the year being close to $600,000. But 
the work is the Lord's and He will see 
to it that the needs are met. So, with 
faith in God's promise, we confidently 
assert that the foreign missions offer- 
ing will set a new high in mission giv- 
ing. We praise Him for His faithfulness 
in supplying the needs of our mission- 
aries, and for His abundant blessing 
upon their ministries. Thank you, 
brethren, for your generous support of 
foreign missions. "He which soweth 
bountifully shall reap also bountifully" 
(II Cor. 9:6). Now the challenge of 
1969 is before us. 

Between October 25 and November 






6, Rev. Ray Thompson and I visited 
our mission points in Mexico City and 
Juarez. The Phil Guerenas concen- 
trated on their immediate neighbor- 
hood during the past year, and now 
have a group of middle-class families 
who have shown sufficient interest to 

serve as a nucleus for a Brethren testi- 
mony in Mexico City. About twelve 
women from the area meet in the 
Guerena home every Thursday morn- 
ing for a Bible study. A men's Bible 
class is soon to begin. Prospects look 
good in Mexico City. 

A tight schedule permitted us to 
spend only a few short days in El 
Paso-Juarez with the Jim Dowdy fam- 
ily. The Dowdy s are self-supporting 
missionaries. Jim is a supervisor in the 
language department of the public 
school system, and thus the family is 
able to give only limited time to the 
work on the Mexican side of the bor- 
der. They plead for more workers to 
help them in this rapidly-growing area. 
Here is a challenge for both the home 
and foreign mission outreach. Who 
among the readers of the Missionary 
Herald would be willing to move into 
El Paso as self-supporting missionaries 
to help the Dowdys establish churches 
on both sides of the border? Those 
in the teaching profession especially 
would find this a rewarding ministry 
for the Lord. 

The Board of Trustees of the For- 
eign Missionary Society will meet at 
Winona Lake January 27 through 31. 
We request your prayers on behalf of 
these sessions that God will grant wis- 
dom and understanding as the will of 
the Lord is sought concerning His for- 
eign mission program. T 

Jim and Carolyn Dowdy 

Scene in Juarez 

Bible study group in Mexico City 

January 11, 1969 

A truck was outfitted for transportation, and 
for occasional use by the girls as a dormitory. 

Participants in the campaign (I 
to r): Ana Pagliano, Betty Pizarro, 
Elvira Garay, Lynn Hoyt (visiting 
Argentina at the time), Aldo Hoyt, 
Oscar Zapata, B.I. professor Al- 
berto Sotola, Missionary Robert 
Cover, and Huinca pastor Juan 

Prof. Sotola giving instructions 
during a lunch stop in Canada 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

The Sowers 

By Rev. Robert J. Cover 

^Jood morning, sir. We represent 
the Christian Literature Campaign. Our 
purpose is to offer to the homes of 
this town the most important Book in 
the world, the Bible-theWord of God. 
Are you acquainted with the Bible? 
Look! This complete Bible, with more 
than a thousand pages, so nicely bound, 
sells for only 350 pesos (one dollar), 
about one-fourth the price you would 
expect to pay at a bookstore. You 
really cannot afford to be without this 
Book, for this Book gives us the answer 
to these troubled times and assures us 
of what eternity holds for us. You 
know that one can usually afford some- 
thing if it is within his reach when he 
really wants it and knows its value .... 
That's right, only 350 pesos! . . . 

"Also, I would like to leave this 
little booklet with you. Its message 
is taken directly from the Bible you 
just bought and clearly explains what 
God wants to do for you. 

"And before I go I want to invite 
all of you to the Villa Theater tonight, 
where a very interesting science film 
will be shown. It's all about the mar- 
velous world that God has created for 
us to live in ... . No, you don't need 
to worry about bringing the children. 
These films are completely wholesome 
for all ages. . . . 

"Fine! We'll look forward to seeing 
you tonight. Hasta luego." 

Not all towns respond to a con- 
certed literature campaign as did 

Huinca Renanco and Canada Verde. 
Institute students and other young 
people, headed by Practical Works Di- 
rector Alberto Sotola, reported many 
opportunities to talk to people about 
their spiritual need. One lady, who 
had recently written for a book offered 
over our Brethren radio program "The 
Open Bible," became interested when 
she found she was talking with the 
young lady who handles the radio cor- 
respondence. After hearing the plain 
presentation of the Gospel, she made 
her profession of faith in the Lord 

Each home received a copy of the 
tract, Have You Heard About God's 
Gift? written by Rev. Dean Risser and 
translated and published by the Argen- 
tine Church Literature Committee 
(funds provided by the Free Literature 
Fund of the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald Company.) The sale of Bibles and 
Bible portions averaged about seven- 
teen dollars per day for the five days, 
which is high for such work in this 
Roman Catholic country. After each 
tiring but fruitful day, the workers 
eagerly waited their turn to tell of op- 
portunities to witness. 

In both towns the literature cam- 
paign was followed by a special film 

presentation under the direction of 
Missionary Gordon Austin, featuring a 
Moody Science film along with other 
gospel films. Some four hundred 
gathered in the downtown theater in 
Huinca Renanco to see these films, and 
in Canada Verde, a town much smaller, 
at least 250 accepted the invitation to 
attend. Both theaters were offered 
free of charge by the local authorities. 
Other expenses, such as travel and film 
rentals, were paid by the local Brethren 
church of Huinca Renanco. 

It was an encouraged and experi- 
enced group that returned to their 
studies at the Bible Institute. Sum- 
ming it up, Director Sotola said: "This 
is another proof that we need to keep 
busy in colportage work as a means of 
evangelism. This has been a real en- 
couragement to us. And by the way, 
could you supply us with more of the 
children's books and also give us some 
idea of what would be good for teen- 
agers? We're planning for a campaign 
in Cordoba next weekend and we'll be 
needing. . . ." 

Planting! Watering! Harvesting! 
Pray with us and for us that we may 
be faithful workers in God's vineyard 
before "the night cometh, when no 
man can work" (John 9:4). T 

January 11, 1969 


MH'ers at Taos 

These girls are from the Breth- 
ren Spanish-American work at 
Taos, New Mexico. They are, left 
to right: Teresa Romero, Beatrice 
Maestas, Florence Pacheco, Vic- 
kie Anglada, Brenda Anglada, 
Linda and Cora Tafaya. Stand- 
ing behind these last two are Irene 
Pacheco and Matilda Romero. 
Their leader is Mrs. E. Gonzales. 

"A Little Girl's Four Years in Africa" 

Many of you, who are in MHC's in your churches, 
are hearing the new stories from Aunt Alys, which are 
called A Little Girl's Four Years in Africa. She has 
taken the stories from a book by that same name, 
which was supposed to be written by a little girl whose 
name was Marguerite Gribble. Really, Marguerite's 
mother wrote this book of true experiences. 

When Marguerite grew up, she married Mr. Harold 
Dunning, and then together they went as missionaries 
to the same land where Marguerite had lived when she 
was a little girl. 

The picture shows Mr. and Mrs. Dunning and their 
three daughters (left to right: Berta Mae, Verna, and 
Ruth). Please pray that God will bless and use Mr. 
and Mrs. Dunning, who are back in Africa again, and 
their daughters, who live in the U.S. 



X I f^T~— I CAUSE 










Brethren Missionary Herald 


By Dr. Jake Kliever 

The chief was happy that his first- 
born was a son; he had great plans for 
the years ahead. 

About the time the chief thought 
the boy was old enough to share some 
of the problems of a village chief, the 
Gospel began to be heard. Betina (bay- 
tea-na), the son, was immediately in- 

Rev. Jean Betina and father 


terested. Another country where there 
is no death, no tears, no sorrow— that 
was something to find out about. He 
soon learned that, according to this 
Word, this earth country was doomed 
as well as all who would not become 
followers of this one they called Christ. 
Betina accepted Christ and took on 

the name of John. He soon learned to 
read, and he was a good singer. The 
African preacher asked him to teach a 
group in his own village. 

This was too much for the father, 
chief of the village. He asked the son 
to give up that foolishness. John would 
not. The father whipped him severely, 
but John did not stop. 

The father insisted that John must 
take a second wife, a step toward be- 
ing a chief. John refused, and there 
was another whipping. John still kept 
on with his classes, and also was in the 
"Workers. Training Classes." The father 
reported his son as a rebel and the Ad- 
ministrator put John in jail. After ser- 
ving his term, John still did not change 
his mind, but made request to go to 
the Bible Institute. He was accepted. 
Upon learning this, the father was furi- 
ous, and John again was humiliated by 
being whipped. 

He graduated from Bible Institute, 
and a few years later was licensed to 
the ministry. Then he was elected a 
member of the Directional Committee 
of our dispensary and medical work. 

John kept witnessing to his father, 
and his father saw that John was re- 
ceiving position and honor that he, the 
father, had not known about. At last, 
the father accepted Christ. 

John was ordained as an elder of 
The Brethren Church this past Septem- 
ber, and some of the happy witnesses 
to the event were John's saved -father 
and his mother. 

"The Gospel is Christ's power unto 
salvation for anyone who believeth." 
The John of this story is now Pastor 
Jean (John) Betina, elder of The Breth- 
ren Church, Bemankouna (Bekoro), 
Central African Republic. ▼ 

January 11, 1969 


DEFIANCE, OHIO. The Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company congratu- 
lates Pastor Maynard G. Tittle and the 
Grace Brethren Church for their de- 
cision to send the Brethren Missionary 
Herald to every family represented in 
the church. 

Rev. Allen Herr 
1969, Rev. Scott Weaver will terminate 
his ministry with the Brethren Board 
of Evangelism. This decision has been 
made by Mr. Weaver because of health 
problems which have hindered his 
evangelism during the past four months. 
He will assume the pastorate of the 
Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church, 
South Bend, Ind., at that time. On 
Jan. 5, 1969, Rev. Allen Herr joined 
the Brethren Board of Evangelism staff 
as evangelist. Though Mr. Herr has 
been in our fellowship of churches 
only a short time, he has already 
aroused great interest and has become 
known as a man of God with a great 
passion for souls. We believe that God 
has supplied us with a man who has a 
message for these critical times, and we 
want to commend him to our churches 

Southern Ohio District met in a special 
conference session on Dec. 3, and ap- 
proved a committee recommendation 
to establish a retirement home in the 
district. A board of nine men was 
elected and authorized to incorporate 
and establish a home to be known as 
Grace Brethren Village. Mr. Harold 
Huddleston is chairman of the board 
and Rev. Clair Brickel is secretary. 

RICHLAND, WASH. The move to 
our new meeting place has been a real 
boost to the morale of members and 
friends. There have been six first-time 
decisions, five of which are teen-agers. 
Seven people are considering baptism. 
During the month of December we 
reached an all-time high in attendance 
with 39 in Sunday school and 43 in 
the morning worship service. There 
were 59 who attended our first Christ- 
mas program on Dec. 22. We are re- 
joicing in what the Lord is able to do 
through a Brethren home-mission 
church. Nelson Hall, pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. In September, 
Rev. Nathan Casement resigned as pas- 
tor of the Patterson Park Brethren 
Church, and Rev. John Terrell accepted 
a unanimous call to become pastor. 
Rev. Dan Grabill recently accepted the 
call to become associate pastor and 
hopes to assume responsibilities in Feb- 
ruary. In August the church purchased 
a beautiful $325,000 school facility 
which includes 12 large classrooms and 
a gymnasium. Presently, we have 
classes for nursery, kindergarten, and 
grades one to six. The school enroll- 
ment is now over 160. The adult Sun- 
day-school department has adopted the 
elective course system in which six 
different Bible-centered courses will be 
offered each quarter. The adults may 
choose their courses of study accord- 
ing to their needs and interests rather 
than according to their age. John 
Terrell, pastor. 

DEFIANCE, OHIO. Fifty-seven 
young people and adults enrolled in 
the Moody Bible Institute course, 
"First Steps in the Christian Faith." 
Recently they completed the project 
of mailing the booklet Is Christianity 
Credible? (supplied by the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company free-litera- 
ture fund) with a letter from the pastor 
and a brochure of the church to all 
1,044 students at Defiance College. 
Maynard G. Tittle, pastor. 

NOTICE. The mailing lists of your 
national boards at Winona Lake, Ind., 
are being combined into one master 
file with the anticipation that it will 
save considerable expense in maintain- 
ing the various lists. In combining the 
lists, some guess work will be involved; 
i.e., we may assume that Mrs. John 
Jones and Mrs. Mary Jones are the 
same person if they have an identical 
address. It is possible that some errors 
may be made. If you fail to receive 
material from any organization from 
which you regularly receive mailings, 
please write to us so the error can be 
corrected. Also, some confusion has 
resulted in recent mailings because of 
the notation on envelopes, "Address 
correction requested." This is a nota- 
tion for the postal department to noti- 
fy the sender if a party has moved, and 
does not mean that the addressee 
should send in information concerning 
his address. Thank you for your co- 
operation as the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company strives to improve the 
efficiency of the mailing program of 

Brethren Church has issued a call to 
Rev. M. Lee Myers to serve the church 
for another year as pastor with an in- 
crease in salary. 

February Bible 
Reading Calendar 



1 EXODUS 27. 28 MATT. 21 53-46 

2 EXODUS 29,30 MATT. 22:1-22 

3 EXOD.31,32,33 MATT. 2253-46 

4 EXOD. 34,35.36 MATT. 23:1-22 

5 EXODUS 37, 38 MATT. 23:23-39 

6 EXODUS 39.40 MATT. 24:1-22 

7 LEV. 1,2,3 MATT. 2453-51 

8 LEV. 4,5,6 MATT. 25:1-30 

9 LEV. 7,8.9 MATT. 25:31-46 

10 LEV. 10, 11, 12 MATT 26:1-19 

11 LEVITICUS 13 MATT. 2620-64 

12 LEVITICUS 14 MATT. 26:55-76 

13 LEV. 15,16,17 MATT. 27.1-31 
14. LEV. 18, 19 MATT. 27:32-66 

15 LEV. 20,21 MATT. 28:1-20 

16 LEV. 22,23 MARK 1:1-22 

17 LEV. 24,25 MARK 153-45 

18 LEV. 26,27 MARK 2 

19 NUMBERS 1,2 MARK 3:1-21 

20 NUMBERS 3.4 MARK 3:22-39 

21 NUMBERS 5,6 MARK 4:1-20 

22 NUMBERS 7 MARK 451-41 

23 NUM. 8,9,10 MARK 5:1-20 

24 NUM. 11,12,13 MARK 551-43 

25 NUM. 14,15 MARK 6:1-32 

26 NUM. 16,17 MARK 6:33-56 

27 NUM. 18,19,20 MARK 7:1-13 

28 NUM. 21,22 MARK 7:14-37 

29 NUM. 23,24,25 MARK 8:1-21 
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JENNERS, PA. The Jenners Grace 
Brethren Church completed a success- 
ful enlargement campaign on Dec. 15, 
with an average attendance of 180. On 
Dec. 22, all previous Sunday-school 
records were broken with an atten- 
dance of 218. James F. Hoffmeyer, 

CHANGE. Rev. Edward Clark has 
been called as interim pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Temple City, 
Calif. His address is 5404 McCulloch 
Ave., Temple City, Calif. 91780. The 
telephone number is 213-443-5259. 
Please change your Annual. 

STRATFORD, N.J. Fourteen 
young people from the Penn Valley 
Grace Brethren Church with their 
youth directors, Mr. and Mrs. Willis 
Franks, and our local youth group 
called on over 300 homes in the Strat- 
ford area inviting them to church and 
giving them a copy of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald magazine with a 
printed invitation and several tracts. 
As a result of the calls about 20 pros- 
pects and several definite promises to 
attend the services were received. The 
young people had supper at Pastor 
Daniel Eshleman's home and then pro- 
vided special music for the evening 

Hoffarth, secretary of the Richland 
Grace Brethren Church, has resigned, 
and all communications to the church 
should be sent to the pastor, Rev. 
Nelson E. Hall, 1609 Jadwin Ave., 
Richland, Wash. 99352. 

Jurke of Kittanning,Pa., was evangelist 
for a weekend crusade, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 . 
The Lord's blessing was evident upon 
these meetings and the climax came 
when four boys stepped forward to 
confess Christ as Saviour. Edward 
Wingard, pastor. 

MINERVA, OHIO. A fine New 
Year's Eve service was enjoyed by our 
church family with 22 present. The 
evening was highlighted by a chalk 
talk by Mrs. Williard Smith, followed 
by a fellowship hour and candlelighting 
service. Dennis Beach, pastor. 

WeJJin 9 BJL 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Patricia Keller and Arthur Matthias, 
Aug. 31, Winona Lake Brethren 
Church, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Marsha Youngs and Don Benjamin, 
Oct. 26, Findlay Brethren Church, 
Findlay, Ohio. 

Rainelle Rankin and Roger Roberts, 
Nov. 8, First Brethren Church, Cam- 
den, Ohio. 

Brenda Rutherford and Garry Pat- 
terson, Nov. 9, Brookville Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Brookville, Ohio. 

Sharon Johnson and Jerry Day, 
Nov. 15, First Brethren Church, Whit- 
tier, Calif. 

Anna Louise Galloway and Michael 
Oren Hammock, Nov. 17, Calvary 
Brethren Church, Kettering, Ohio. 

Dorothy Hemminger and Alois 
Brunner, Dec. 9, Grace Brethren 
Church, Fremont, Ohio. 

Deborah Uphouse and David Win- 
gard, Dec. 14, Winona Lake Brethren 
Church (Ceremony in Free Methodist 
Church), Winona Lake, Ind. 

Cathy Lea Petry and Elmer Carl 
Morton, Nov. 20, Calvary Brethren 
Church, Kettering, Ohio. 

Wilma Kay Dugan and Dan Wilcox, 
Nov. 29, Opportunity Grace Brethren 
Church, Spokane, Wash. 

Rebecca Sue Hamilton and Bradley 
Dale Walker, Nov. 30, Woodville Grace 
Brethren Church, Mansfield, Ohio. 

Kathy Megdaline McWilliams and 
Alfred Paul Morgan, First Brethren 
Church, Grafton, W. Va. 


Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 


Gardena, Calif. 
Portis, Kans. 
Dayton, Ohio 
Oahu, Hawaii 


Jan. 12-19 
Jan. 19-26 
Jan. 24-26 
Jan. 26-31 


Bill Stevens 
Clarence Lackey 
Forrest Jackson 
Foster Tresise 


Allen Herr 
Dean Fetterhoff 
Bill Smith 
Nathan Meyer 

Carolyn Jane Boatman and Stephen 
Paul Hodson, Dec. 20, Calvary Brethren 
Church, Kettering, Ohio. 

Connie Mercer and Richard Ward, 
Dec. 21, Findlay Brethren Church, 
Findlay, Ohio. 

Shirley Smith and Donald Slagle, 
Dec. 21, Community Brethren Church, 
Whittier, Calif. 

Pamela Jean Osborn and James Alan 
Shipley, Dec. 21, Leesburg Brethren 
Church, Leesburg, Ind. 

Ethel Eidt and Steve Harris, Dec. 
28, Findlay Brethren Church, Findlay, 

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Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

WHITE, Elias D., 58, pastor of the 
La Verne, Calif., First Brethren Church, 
went to be with the Lord suddenly on 
Dec. 17. He was born June 26, 1910 
in Athens, Ga., and began his ministry 
in The Brethren Church as student 
pastor of the West Homer, Ohio, 
Brethren Church in 1936. Dr. Glenn 
O'Neal and Rev. Donald Carter offici- 
ated at the funeral. 

CANDLER, Ruby V., 80, departed 
to be with the Lord Nov. 14. She had 
been a member of the Long Beach, 
Calif., First Brethren Church for 28 
years. David L. Hocking, pastor. 

RAGER, Howard B., 83, a member 
of the Riverside Brethren Church and 
father of Don Rager, pastor of the 
Conemaugh, Pa., Brethren Church 
passed away on Dec. 15. Don Rough, 

RUGH, Lewis, of the Riverside 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa., 
passed away on Oct. 4. Don Rough, 

SMART, Joe Frank, a member of 
the Calvary Brethren Church, Ketter- 
ing, Ohio, passed away Nov. 20. Henry 
T. Barnhart, pastor. 

January 11, 1969 


Your Pastor 






I his conflict weighs very heavily 
on hearts of sincere pastors today. One 
said, "I have changed the sign on my 
door. It used to be 'Pastor's Study.' 
Now it reads 'Pastor's Office.' I have 
become an administrator running the 
complicated machinery of my congre- 
gation." Another said, "This has been 
a tough week. One of our leading busi- 
ness men died suddenly. He was a 
member of my congregation but did 
not come to church regularly. He was a 
self-reliant, self-righteous nice man re- 
spected by all, but he gave no evidence 
of dependence on Christ. It was a 
hard funeral, for over and over again I 
thought-'why didn't I talk to this man 
about his relationship to Christ as I 
had intended and as a pastor should?' 
The answer-'you have been too busy 
with your organizational administra- 
tion and have neglected your people.' " 
Another very sincere pastor said, "I 
am ashamed how little time I have 
actually spent dealing personally with 
the souls of my people as a pastor 
should. I have become an executive 
instead of a shepherd." What is the 

One answer, of course, is that our 
active lay Christians can take over 
more and more of these administrative 
duties in a local congregation to give 
the pastor time to be a shepherd. Your 
church council should discuss this very 
frankly with your pastor. Here we 
have the privilege to involve more lay 
people in the activities of the church. 
It is good for them, too, for the surest 


way to get a friend is to ask him to do 
something for you. Then we pastors 
must have confidence to leave many of 
these administrative affairs of organi- 
zations, committees, and boards to our 
consecrated lay people. Many pastors 
give excellent direction to administra- 
tion in meetings of the Joint Workers' 
Council composed of all board mem- 
bers, officers, and leaders of all organi- 
zations and committees in the congre- 
gation as it meets three or four times 
a year to pray for and plan the overall 
program of the congregation. Lay 
visitors who call regularly each month 
on the careless, indifferent, and new 
people in the community can surely 
lessen the pressure on the pastor. 

Then, too, perhaps you need another 
full-time worker who can take much 
of the administrative work that your 
pastor is now doing. For example, 
one could take over the business affairs 
of your congregation. One could be in 
charge of the educational program and 
could direct the program of lay visita- 
tion. One could direct the entire 
youth program. As a rule, additional 
workers in a congregation pay for 
themselves in dollars and cents through 
the extra people they bring into the 

But there is another answer. Pas- 
tors can use administration to do the 
work of shepherding and personal soul- 
winning. Every meeting, every contact 
presents an opportunity for the pastor 
to do something for the souls of the 
people involved if he will always main- 
tain that shepherd spirit. 

One pastor met personally with 
each Leaguer who was to discuss a 

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i or Administrator £ 

topic at League. Some would say— 
"What a waste of time!" But not for 
him. He used these sessions to reach 
the souls of his young people for 
Christ. He was quite surprised when 
the committee had chosen Ralph as a 
speaker, for he had not demonstrated 
loyalty to Christ. In his talk with him 
he geared the material discussed into 
Ralph's own life. They faced what 
was really involved in being a true fol- 
lower of Christ. The next morning 
early, the telephone rang. It was 
Ralph. He said, "Pastor, I must see 
you as soon as possible. I've hardly 
slept all night." That morning in the 
pastor's study, Ralph gave his heart to 
Jesus Christ. Today he is in the minis- 
try. Think of the possibility in pro- 
gram building if we put people ahead 
of program, soul before mechanics. 
Think of the natural setting for per- 
sonal soul-winning and soul-shepherd- 
ing in all plans and discussions that 
have to do with meetings and pro- 

One pastor said, "Often I spent 
much time with my church custodian. 
We discussed temperature, cleaning 
furniture, repairs, etc. One day my 
custodian opened his heart and was 
much concerned because he was not 
sure that Christ was his Saviour. We 
shared the Scriptures. We knelt at the 
alter, just the two of us. He found 
new joy. I was ashamed. I had been 
an administrator, but had failed my 
custodian as his pastor." 

In one of our large congregations, 
I was quite amazed over the high 
spiritual tone manifested in the leader- 
ship. Then the pastor explained that 

they always used twenty minutes to 
half an hour for Bible study and prayer 
at every meeting of the church council 
with each member taking part in short 
prayers. I asked, "What happens when 
some leader in the community is elect- 
ed to the council not especially because 
of his spiritual insight and is not able 
to take part in prayer?" The pastor 
replied, "Often after the annual meet- 
ing of the congregation some new 
members feel out of place at our first 
meeting of the council, but then I meet 
with them privately and help them in 
their life in Christ. Some need help 
to receive assurance of their salvation. 
Others need help in their personal 
prayer life." This pastor used his ad- 
ministrative work with his leaders to 
be a shepherd of souls, a true pastor. 
He put people first before program. 
Over a period of a few years, he 
touched personally the soul of a large 
number of leaders in his parish. 

The organist was very conscientious 
and capable. The pastor would confer 
with him often about the order of ser- 
vice and special music. One day, in 
time of illness, the organist confessed 
that he had no peace with God and 
did not know where he stood. The 
pastor was deeply disturbed. He helped 
the organist to a new joy in Christ, 
and asked, "What have I been doing? I 
have missed being a pastor even to my 
own organist. I have been just an 

Even sick calls can become admin- 
istrative routine. I can become more 
concerned about making the call than 
about the person on whom I am call- 
ing. One patient related how two pas- 

tors called on her after surgery. One 
asked many questions about her illness 
and then visited about things in gener- 
al. Before he left, he gave some 
general admonitions regarding spiritual 
life, but left no Scripture, no tracts, 
asked nothing about the soul— only 
about the body and did not even offer 
prayer. How different the other visit. 
This pastor expressed interest in the 
surgery, but with much love asked the 
patient if she had joy and peace in 
Christ. He shared several rich promises 
from the Bible and helped the patient 
grasp them with new meaning. He 
prayed warmly and sincerely. Before 
he left, he wrote the Bible references 
he had used on a card and encouraged 
the patient to look them up in her own 
Bible and underline them. He shared 
with the patient some very helpful 
tracts. The patient said to her doctor, 
"My pastor was here and helped me so 
much as he showed me how to trust 
more in the great promises that Christ 
has given me. I feel so much better. 
It was good both for my body and 

Lay members of the church— your 
pastor is concerned about your soul. 
He wants to help you to greater joy 
and more power in your walk with 
your Saviour. He is your best friend. 
Share with him what is on your heart— 
your questions, your doubts, your bat- 
tles, your joys, your victories in Christ. 
He desires deeply to be your pastor, 
your shepherd, and not just an admin- 
istrator, an executive. 

In this you can help him! Pray for 

him daily! Tell him so! ▼ 

Reprinted by permission from Good News. 

January 11, 1969 



/And as he (Saul) journeyed, he 
came near Damascus: and suddenly 
there shined round about him a light 
from heaven: and he fell to the earth, 
and heard a voice saying unto him, 
Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 
And he said, Who art thou, Lord? 
And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom 
thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to 
kick against the pricks. And he trem- 
bling and astonished said, Lord, what 
wilt thou have me to do?" (Acts 

This in brief tells of one of the 
most unusual and extraordinary con- 
versions in Christian history. Here a 
man utterly opposed to Christianity 
became the greatest Christian of all. 
No one anticipated that Saul of Tarsus 
would turn from violent opposition to 
zealous endorsement of the Christian 
faith. Saul had been the ringleader for 
the concerted attack on Stephen and 
he was responsible for Stephen's being 
stoned to death. 

The radical change in Saul "is the 
Lord's doings; it is marvelous in our 
eyes"(Ps. 118:23). 

Joyce Kilmer's well-known poem, 
"Trees" has a thought I would change 
a bit to express in these words: "Ser- 
mons are made by fools like me, but 
only God can set man free." 

Recognizing that only God can 
make a Christian is not to be con- 
strued as an excuse for not going about 
and trying to recruit people for the 
kingdom of God. Rather, it is an en- 

If God did not make seeds to 
sprout, send roots down and stems 
upward, form the leaves, and at last 
the grain, farmers would be utterly dis- 
couraged in planting, cultivating, and 
preparing for the harvest. What God 
does marvelously is an incentive to do 
our part in assisting Him. 

Because we have forgotten that only 
God can save a soul, we neglect our 
mission of cultivating people for God. 
God meets with people in different 
ways, depending on the kind of person 
with whom He is dealing. Some He 
woos with gentle persuasion, others 
with thunder and lightning, as in Saul's 

Divine Illumination 

Whatever method God uses, He 
penetrates deep into the citadel of 
man's ego; there is no superficial ac- 
costing as far as God is concerned. 
He humbles a person and makes him 
understand how utterly lost and in- 
capable of self-development he is. 

Saul did not plan or expect an en- 
counter with God. He was in no mood 
to become a Christian. God caught 
him with his guard down. He did not 
give him time beforehand to reason his 
way out of a commitment. 

God often handicaps or cripples a 
person to save him. Saul became blind 
for the time. Jacob of old had his hip 
dislocated. Others have heart attacks 
or suffer the loss of a loved one. The 
jailer with his life in jeopardy cried 
out, "What must I do to be saved?" 
He was probably thinking of physical 

salvation, but he found spiritual sal- 
vation in the process. 

God's methods are above and be- 
yond the natural. The natural man 
cannot receive the things of God (I 
Cor. 2:14), so supernatural revelation 
is involved. Jesus said to Peter when 
he confessed that Jesus was the Son 
of God: "Blessed (happy) art thou, 
Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood 
hath not revealed it unto thee, but my 
Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 

Natural elements may be involved, 
but in the divine encounter there is 
something more than the usual order 
of things. This is the reason sociology 
and psychology cannot cope with the 
reality of conversion. 

Psychologists skirt around the phe- 
nomenon of conversion and all too 
often discount what has happened as a 
coincidence, or a chance combination 
of circumstances that brought the sub- 
conscious up into the conscious and 
brought to light a childhood experi- 
ence which then caused the change in 

Skeptics say Paul had a sunstroke 
on the road to Damascus. If he did, 
let's pray that more people have sun- 
strokes. When a person has a sun- 
stroke he actually is incapacitated. He 
can't stand to be in the sun after that; 
he becomes weak, and sometimes inco- 
herent in his speech. Saul had a Sow- 
stroke, not a sunstroke. 

God Uses the Church 

When God saves a person from sin 

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and death He leads him into the fel- 
lowship of believers. The Lord identi- 
fied himself with His people when 
Saul was bent on destroying them: 
"Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 
... it is hard for thee to kick against 
the pricks (goad)." 

Saul was fighting God when he op- 
posed the Christians. To fight God is as 
futile as plowing oxen's kicking against 
the pricks of the goad in front of the 
plow. The oxen hurt only themselves, 
not the plow or the plowman. 

God uses the local church (not the 
official institution), the living organism 
of two or three meeting together in the 
name of Christ (Matt. 18:19-20). It is 
only in the church that any of us has 
influence in winning souls for Christ. 
People are not drawn to Christ in a 
vacuum. The church is the body of 
Christ. We see, touch, work with 
Christ, when we are part of the fellow- 
ship of believers. 

God used Ananias, a trusted ser- 
vant, (not the infamous liar of that 
name in Acts 5:1-4) to meet with Saul, 
to heal him of his blindness, to give 
him the right hand of fellowship, and 
to call him "Brother Saul." 

Obedience Impelled 

In a sense, to obey God is man's 
part and certainly his responsibility, 
but obedience to God by one touched 
by God is like iron being drawn to a 
magnet. If obedience depended on 
one's own exerted will power, he 
could not obey God. 

We need God's original encounter 

to be extended through the irresistible 
drawing power of His love. We obey 
because we delight to obey. Years 
later Saul, then called Paul, exulted be- 
fore King Agrippa after telling of his 
Damascus experience, "Whereupon, 
King Agrippa, I was not disobedient 
unto the heavenly vision" (Acts 26; 19). 
He was not bragging but praising God. 

God spoke to me in the backyard 
of our home when I was fourteen years 
old. The impact was so tremendous 
that to follow through on what God 
commanded me to do was a happy 
obedience, a desire like an appetite. 
It was not a "have to" following of 
orders. When God makes himself 
known, the sinner who accepts the call 
finds a new heart and a new purpose 
that makes commandments, challenges, 
and laws privileges. 

If one would think of obedience as 
gladly giving in to the entrancing pull 
of divine love, instead of exerting will 
power, he would have little trouble 
breaking the chains of a bad habit, 
whether it be temper, alcohol, tobacco, 


Jacob J. 

sex, miserliness, or laziness. 

Do you know yourself to be a real, 
genuine Christian? You don't need to 
know the day or the hour when God 
met with you. But you need to know 
you belong to Christ, heart and soul. 

Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and 
trust Him, have confidence in Him, 
obey Him and you are one of the re- 
deemed. You can be sure. Just be 
humble enough to take God at His 
word, and not depend on your own 
feelings and opinions. 

The Real Christian 

After making one a Christian, God 
calls on him to be ready to assist in 
making others Christians. Ananias was 
ready to call on Brother Saul who was, 
in turn, prayerfully waiting for him to 
make the call. 

There are people about us who are 
waiting for us to call. God will make 
the initial penetrating and supernatural 
encounter with His offer of redemp- 
tion, but we are to follow with an in- 
vitation to belong to the Christian fel- 
lowship and minister in Christ's name 
to meet their needs and guide them 
in their further enlightenment. 

There needs to be much more pray- 
ing to have conversions happen among 
us. Conversions are miracles. Only 
God can make a Christian, but in the 
making He uses those whom He has 
previously made Christian. We are 
saved to help save others. 

Are you willing and ready? ▼ 

-Reprinted by permission from The 
Presbyterian Journal, December 4, 1968. 

We are saved to help save others, 
Are you willing and ready? 

January 11, 1969 


God called this 1968-69 "Birthday Missionary" to 

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W/jv am I here in Mexico-and 
what am I doing here?" There have 
been times when I have asked myself 
these questions. 

But, I know the answers. I know 
that we are living not only in the place, 
but in the very house which God has 
indicated as His will for us. I see God 
use our children to open doors of 
friendship and opportunities to witness 
for Him. And I hear from their lips 
their desire to tell others the Good 
News and their concern for those who 
have not responded. 

I see God's hand of blessing on 
Phil as he teaches his Bible classes and 
communicates with families who for- 
merly would never even enter a Protes- 
tant home-but they will now, because 
they have met a Christian man whom 
they respect for his testimony of God's 
saving and keeping power. 

And then, too, I marvel at the work 
of the Holy Spirit in the lives of some 
of these among whom we have come 
to serve. Some have expressed them- 
selves as follows: 

"Now I have peace because you 
taught me how to invite the Lord 
Jesus into my heart" (a young mother). 
"I never thought I would be a trai- 
tor to my own religion-just think how 
long it took for me to realize that 
(that Jesus alone saves) . . . now I'm an 
evangelical" (our maid, Dona Petra). 
"I want to ask Jesus into my 
heart" (a young teen-ager upon hear- 
ing the story of the prodigal son). 

"Now I know that a Christian is a 
person who has invited Christ to live in 
his heart" (a mother of seven). 

By Mrs. Amy Guerena 

My early education was begun in 
the home, using the Calvert Course. 
When I was nine years old I entered 
fourth grade in the nearby public 
school-two rooms, four grades in 
each. My last year of high school was 
finished by correspondence. During 
school years my time was occupied 
helping my mother in the work of the 
home and the mission, Bible schools, 
camps, and so forth. For recreation 
we hiked, rode horseback, or played 
basketball, ping-pong, and baseball. 
All in all, it was very much an out-of- 
doors life. 

When I was twenty I entered Moody 
Bible Institute and studied there for 
nearly two and one-half years. Then, 
after spending another year at home, 
I entered Biola Bible College in Los 
Angeles. A year later my brother, 
Valdo (now a missionary in France), 
introduced me to his best friend, Phil 

I had always been interested in 
Africa, probably through the influence 
of my parents. But, after the Lord 
brought Phil and me together, I real- 
ized " that a latent interest in Latin 
America was becoming predominant- 
although I knew almost nothing at all 
about Mexico, its culture, people, lan- 
guage-I was hardly even aware of its 
location on the map! 

We both graduated from Biola in 

1957 and were married that summer 
in Montana. In the fall Phil enrolled 
in Grace Seminary, and graduated in 

In March, 1963, we arrived in Mexi- 
co City. I will never forget our first 
impression of the city as we arrived at 
night and saw the thousands of lights 
glittering through the darkness-it was 
such a contrast to the small towns 
through which we had driven on our 

And now nearly six years have 
passed. We have had thrills that glitter 
with a more durable brilliance-and 
that is perhaps because they have also 
cost us more in love, time, sacrifice, 
and prayer. Others, too, are involved 
in this labor-those who serve through 
giving that we may be here, and those 
who pray that God will pour out His 
blessings on this, His work. 

We are engaged in holding forth the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ to our friends 
and neighbors, and to their friends and 

Surely not the least evidence of 
God's will is the testimony of the Holy 
Spirit in my own heart-when perhaps 
in the midst of the confusion of a 
children's class, or in the quiet of a 
home visiting with a mother— I sudden- 
ly realize that right here in Mexico, do- 
ing what we are doing is exactly what 
I want to do-and my heart glows with 
peace and joy because He has done it 
all. T 

The Guerena family— Phil Jr., in back, Martin and Lorita 

As for my life, I was born in Ash- 
land, Montana, where my parents were 
serving as missionaries to the Cheyenne 
Indians under the General Conference 
Mennonite mission board. They were 
hoping to go to the African field when 
my father's health improved. However, 
this desire was never realized, for my 
father passed away shortly after my 
fifth birthday. 


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Ever Told 

I like to hear those sweet stories of old, 
When Christ the Saviour was born. 
How the angels sang hosannahs, 

That glorious Christmas morn. 

I like to hear how the Saviour came, 
And of the manger birth, 
Of the miracles He performed, 

When He walked among men on the earth. 

I like to hear how He was willing to bear, 

That cross for you and me, 
Of the wonderful love that filled His heart, 

Though He in anguish be. 

I like to hear how He cried, "Father forgive 
For they know not what they do," 
And of His continued love for us, 

Though we crucify Him anew. 

Yes, I like to hear all the things He did, 

While He dwelt upon this earth, 
But the greatest story, is yet to come, 
Or the others, would lose their worth! 

I like to hear when He was crucified, 

Upon that cruel tree, 
He shed His life's blood for everyone, 

That ransom, to set us free. 

But most of all, I like to hear, 
How Christ rose up from the grave, 
How He walked again, with those He loved, 
And told them they must be grave. 

I like to hear how a cloud came down, 
And swept Him to heaven, forever 

How He sits up there, at the right hand of 

Interceding, for you and me. 

I like to hear how He's coming back, 
When that trump shall sound in the sky, 
And He shall carry all the saints away, 
Where they nevermore shall die. 

— G. Faith Boatman 

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January 11, 1969 


Let's take a boat ride on the Sea 
of Galilee. It is as smooth as glass to- 
day, but they tell us a storm can come 
up quickly and endanger ships and 
lives. This reminds us of the disciples 
and their experiences, especially when 
Jesus said, "Peace be still," and im- 
mediately there was a calm. He can 
still the tempest in our breast today 
if we listen to His words. One of the 
beautiful "3:16's" of the Bible is II 
Thessalonians 3:16, "Now the Lord of 
peace himself give you peace always 
by all means" and Isaiah 26:3, "Thou 
wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose 
mind is stayed on thee." 

As we rode on Galilee the guide 
pointed out Mt. Herman -one-half now 
belongs to Israel, and the other half to 
Jordan. He pointed out the Mount of 
Beatitudes and where the 5,000 were 
fed, and also where Jesus went to pray. 
Beside this Sea, Jesus called the first 
disciples to be fishers of men. 

Did you know a fish called Ichtus 
was the first secret sign of the early 
Christians? A fish on the doorpost 
told of a place of refuge in times of 
persecution and that a fellow believer 
lived there. 

The children of Israel are so dear! 
They hold out their hands and say, 

By Mrs. Leo Polman 

"Shalom, Shalom" (peace, peace) as 
they beg for money. One little girl 
said, "Merry Christmas" as she held 
out a grimy hand. Shalom is like a 
password-the hello, good-by, and hi— 
used everywhere in Israel. Sometimes 
they have candy, gum, and postcards 
to sell. 

The shops in Old Jerusalem were 
filled with goodies of all kinds. They 
looked enticing. In one shop there were 
bags of dried fruits, figs, raisins, and 
nuts of all kinds. The most beautiful 
fresh fruits and vegetables (cabbages 
and cauliflower as large as dishpans) 
were on display. The oranges rivaled 
California and Florida oranges for 
sweetness and juice. There was neither 
ice nor refrigeration of any type in the 
fish or meat markets. 

We never tired walking the narrow 
streets in Jerusalem. No cars there- 
only donkeys and people. 

Remember David in the Bible car- 
ried a flute when he was a shepherd 
boy— well, now they carry a transistor 
radio. The Mohammed priests, in the 

past, called their people to prayer. 
Now, it is usually a tape recorder and 
loudspeaker that is used. 

In the country we saw homes paint- 
ed bright colors. Superstition causes 
the dwellers to believe this will keep 
evil away. Especially blue and green 
are used "to make a bridge from earth 
(green) to heaven (blue)." We know 
there is only one bridge between God 
and man— the cross of Calvary on 
which our Saviour died. 

We picked some lily of the valley 
and were surprised to find them a 
beautiful red. The trees, planted by 
visitors and Israelis, have been bene- 
ficial to both people and the land. 

The leaders of Israel today are look- 
ing for a Messianic Era. The states- 
men, scholars, and religious leaders be- 
lieve that education, culture, and 
science will bring this era to the world. 
We know this is not the teaching of 
Scripture, for the Messianic Era im- 
plies a Messiah. The devout Orthodox 
Jews still look for Him to come in 
person. Their eyes are blinded to the 
fact He has already come and they 
will be surprised to see the nail prints 
in His hands. Pray for Israel. Let us 
"look up" as we look for His return in 
the Rapture. T 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

A lovely fall day set the scene for . . . 

Northcentral Ohio Rally 

The ladies of the Northcentral Ohio 
District had an ideal day for their 
journey to their farthest west council 
at Findlay on October 15. The air 
had a summer warmth, the sun shone 
brightly in the blue sky, and the red 
and gold trees were just beginning to 
lose their leaves. 

Our assistant prayer chairman, Mrs. 
Earl Dekker, led the morning time of 
prayer and devotion. She spoke of the 
gift of the Holy Spirit— salvation— and 
the gifts of the Spirit, which are given 
to us to use in service for Christ. 

Tables for noon dinner were deco- 
rated with fall flowers and black grad- 
uates' caps. Favors were golden rule 
bookmarks, reminding us that our 
project was tuition for the James Dick- 
son children at Mansfield Christian 

School. Next quarter's project will be 
kitchen and sports equipment for our 
district youth camp. 

In our afternoon meeting, a report 
from the Sisterhood patroness, Mrs. 


Glenn Berry, was read, telling us that 
the Northern Ohio district had the 
most girls in SMM and the most girls 
receiving awards in the past year. Mrs. 
Robert Kern recalled serious and joy- 
ous memories of national conference. 
Four Findlay ladies sang, "Be Still and 
Know That I Am God." 

Mrs. George Johnson gave the ad- 
dress of the afternoon, telling of diffi- 
culties and triumphs in their work in 
Brazil. We sighed when her washing 
machine wringer and clothes line both 
broke just after her kerosene cookstove 
had made everything black. We held 
our breath when she told of the heavy 
sense of Satanic presence when a witch- 
doctor was about to accept Christ. We 
rejoiced over victories won under our 
Lord's guidance and knew that we had 
a much more vivid realization of what 
it means to be a missionary. 

We made our way home again re- 
joicing that three hundred and nine- 
teen dollars had come in for the Dick- 
son children, and the offering was not 
yet complete. 

-Lucile Smith 





Inglewood, Calif. (Sr.) 

Everett, Pa. (Sr.) 

Duncansville, Pa. (Sr.) 

Anaheim, Calif. (Auntie Day) 

Everett, Pa. (Jr.) 

Yakima, Wash. 

Dayton, Ohio, North Riverdale 

Altoona, Pa. (Sr.) 
Modesto, Calif., LaLoma 
Bellflower, Calif. (Dorcas) 


President-Mrs. William H. Schaffer, 4218 
N.E. 131 PI., Portland, Oreg. 97230 

First Vice-president-Mrs. Richard Placeway, 
540 Randall Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44038 

Second Vice-president-Mrs. Phillip J. Sim- 
mons, 10600 S.E. 226th., Kent, Wash. 

Recording Secretary-Mrs. Williard Smith, 
400 Queen St., Minerva, Ohio 44657 

Assistant Recording Secretary-Mrs. Dan 
Pacheco, R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer- Mrs. Robert 
Ashman, 602 Chestnut St., Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer-Mrs. 
Earle Cole, 2753 Elmwood Ave., Cuya- 
hoga Falls, Ohio 44221 

Literature Secretary-Mrs. Charles Koontz, 
R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Editor-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker, 100 4th St., 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Prayer Chairman-Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy, 205 
Sixth St., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

SMM Patroness- Mrs. Robert Boze, 255 
Dearborn, Beme, Ind. 46711 

Assistant SMM Patroness-Mrs. Gerald Pol- 
man, 824 N. Verde Ave., Rialto, Calif. 






Our Grace Schools' offering 
will assist in preparing the present 
library space for classroom or 
office use. The Christian Edu- 
cation Department offering will 
be used in the Training In Mis- 
sionary Endeavor program. 

January 11, 1969 


The Still Small Ring 


hen one thinks of bells, one 
thinks of noise; either a clanging noise 
or a melodious one. This is true in 
Mexico, too. 

There are a few huge organs with 
bells in the cultural centers of Mexico. 
The fire engine roars through the city 
streets ringing the huge bell that differ- 
entiates it from the police or ambu- 
lance. Likewise, the cattle roam 
through the cactus on the barren desert 
stretches, clanging the bells around 
their necks with every step. 

In between these extremes, there 
are myriads of bells to be heard— the 
vendor's bell on the taco wagon or ice 
cream cart is the most frequent. There 
are more vendors' wagons on the city 
streets in Mexico than you'd ever guess. 
They sell everything edible you can 
imagine and a few things you can't 
imagine. In the downtown area of 
Tijuana, there are two or three sta- 
tioned at every corner with several 
scattered in between, besides the roam- 
ing ones throughout the suburbs. They 
constantly tinkle their bells to extract 
the nickels and dimes from pockets in 
exchange for fruits, sweets, or hot 
steamed foods. 

Of course, we can't omit the school 
bell even if it isn't such a welcome 
sound on a drowsy day. 

The number of Roman Catholic 
churches with bells chiming is amazing 
to the foreigner. Catholicism is the 
nationally respected religion of Mexico, 
and Rome clamors constantly for the 
attention and the money of the Mexi- 
can people. 

To hear the church bell at rosary 
hour is to remember that you prom- 
ised to attend and pay for a certain 
number of prayer gatherings so Grand- 
mother could get out of purgatory and 
into heaven. To hear the church bell 
at carnival hour is to excite you to go 
to the church fair to drink and dance 
and gamble like a good supporter of 
your church, because all profits go to 
the building fund. 

To hear the church bell after you 
have accepted the truth of the Gospel, 
is to silently pray for your family and 
friends who are still being swept along 
in that immense tide of man's ideas 
about religion. 

Bv Mrs Alys Haaq who are daring to disregard the "Mother 

The fundamental Protestant Thus, we go about in Mexico quiet- 
churches in Mexico do not have bells, ly presenting the Word which does the 
To attract attention without being able work in lives, winning them one by 
to give a-personal word of testimony is one. No loud bells or great fanfare- 
not wholesome. It only excites scorn just the still small ring-the true ring 
and persecution to yourselves as ones of the Living Word. T 


Mr. Albert W. Balzer March 1 

B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic 
Mrs. S. Wayne Beaver March 2 

B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic 
Mr. Robert H. Juday March 3 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 
Anne-Claude Waridel March 12, 1963 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 
Nicole Steudler March 26, 1955 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 
Mr. Hans Scheidegger March 27 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 
Stephen Mark Johnson March 29, 1961 

Mission a N'Zoro, Bocaranga via Bangui, Central African Republic 
Miss Gail Jones March 31 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 


Norman Alan Hoyt March 7, 1963 

Avda. Buenos Aires 247, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S.A. 

Mrs. Hill Maconaghy March 21 

Quintana 353, Adrogue, F.C.G.R., Buenos Aires, Argentina, S.A. 


Mrs. James R. Renick March 12 

10, rue Chailly-Gueret, 71-Macon, France 
Mrs. Thomas T. Julien March 27 

Chateau de St. Albain, 71-Lugny, France 


Rev. Edmund M. Leech March 12 

98-404 Ponohale Street, Aiea, Oahu, Hawaii 96701 
Rev. Foster R. Tresise March 20 

95-303 Waioni Street, Wahiawa, Oahu, Hawaii 96786 


Ruth Elaine Dowdy March 26, 1959 

5864 Teal Lane, El Paso, Texas 79924 


Mrs. Maxwell Brenneman March 28 

P.O. Box 10144, Caparra Heights, Puerto Rico 00922 


Judith Lynn Kennedy March 16, 1953 

c/o G. W. Hall, Route 2, Box 276, Boones Mill, Virginia 24065 
Barbara Jean Miller March 18, 1951 

c/o Jesse Bailey, 1461 N. Hart Road, Modesto, California 95351 
Mrs. C. B. Sheldon March 21 

510 Rose Avenue, Long Beach, California 90812 
Paul Marvin Goodman March 25, 1951 

c/o Rev. John Mayes, 719 Franklin Avenue, Sunnyside, Washington 98944 


Brethren Missionary Herald 


SMMs Four-Fold Purpose 

Hi, girls! 

A new year has begun! What does 
it hold? Only God knows. Often at 
the beginning of a new year, we look 
back to the ones that are now history. 
Let's take a look at some of the past 
years of SMM and see what we can 

From a 1930 scrapbook we learn 
that SMM has a fourfold purpose: 1. 
To develop a symmetrical Christian 
young woman. 2. To bind together 
for service the young women of our 
denomination. 3. To aid in sending; 
the Gospel into all the world. 4. To 
do practical and benevolent work. 

How is this purpose to be accom- 
plished? This purpose is to be accom- 
plished through becoming informed as 
to conditions, putting this information 
into practical use in personal service, 
and in giving. Our time and our mon- 
ey are not our own, but are to be in- 
vested in the cause of Him whom we 
claim as our Lord. We, as Christian 
young women, dare not spend our 
time and income for selfish purposes 
without first giving back to God that 
which belongs to Him. 

Another SMM scrapbook from the 
years 1933-1938 gives a devotional 
lesson concerning a fruitful life; which 
includes consecration, fellowship, stew- 
ardship, prayer, and God's Word. 


I Chronicles 29:5, "Who then is 
willing to consecrate his service this 

day unto the Lord?" Each girl shall 
set her life apart and give Christ the 
first place. 


I John 1:7, "But if we walk in the 
light, as he is in the light, we have 
fellowship one with another." "Truly 
our fellowship is with the Father, and 
with his Son Jesus Christ" (I John 
1:3). Each girl shall seek to have an 
unbroken and more intimate associa- 
tion with Christ. 


I Peter 4:10, "As every man hath 
received the gift, even so minister the 
same one to another, as good stewards 
of the manifold grace of God." Each 
Christian girl shall be faithful in giving 
her money, time, and talents to the 


Luke 11:1, "Lord, teach us to 
pray.'" Every girl shall take time for 
prayer each day, preferably in the 


John 5:39, "Search the Scriptures. " 
Let each girl learn to find strength and 
guidance from reading the Scriptures 

As we review these things from past 
years, let us move forward in 1969 for 
God. Have a blessed New Year! 

—Donna Hawbaker 
SMM Editor 

January 11, 1969 


FULLERTON, Calif. (EP)-A fatal accident involving a plane 
operated by the Missionary Aviation Fellowship took the lives of the 
pilot and one passenger on the Philippine island of Palawan, Decem- 
ber 22, 1968. 

George Raney, at the controls of the single-engine aircraft, was 
killed with missionary passenger, Merle Buckingham of the Associa- 
tion of Baptists for World Evangelism headquartered in Philadelphia. 

The accident, MAF's second fatal one in its 24-year history, 
occurred during an attempted parcel drop in the mountainous 

Raney is survived by his wife, Beth, and three children; Bucking- 
ham is survived by his wife. They also have three children. 

MAF's first fatality was pilot Don Roberson, whose plane crashed 
in Venezuela in October 1967. 

Beth Raney cabled MAF headquarters here: "George's life now 
complete. His only desire was to glorify the Lord. Though our loss 
cannot be measured, the Lord has given peace. Isaiah 43: 1-2; 44:3." 

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (EP)-Evangelist Billy Graham, honorary chairman of the U.S. Congress on 
Evangelism to convene here September 8-13, 1969, and Dr. Oswald C. J. Hoffmann of St. Louis, chair- 
man of the congress, are calling for eight months of concentrated prayer on behalf of the event. 

The national congress is expected to bring together 8,000 delegates from more than 100 denomin- 
ations for prayer and study. One-third will be lay men and women, one-third parish pastors, and one- 
third evangelists, educators, theological students, executives, and so forth. 

OREGON CITY, Oreg. (EP)— Dr. Kenneth Scott Latourette, renowned historian of religion, died here 
after being struck by a car. He was 84. 

The former professor of church history at Yale University was a graduate of Oregon's Linfield College 
which named a building in his honor. 

His most notable editorial achievement was the seven-volume The History of the Expansion of 
Christianity, published from 1937 to 1945. 

Dr. Latourette had served at one time as president of the American Baptist Convention. 

Police officers said the victim was struck by a car driven by Mrs. Joyce Matteson, 39, of this city. Dr. 
Latourette died three hours later. Visibility was limited and he was wearing dark clothing. No citation 
was issued. 

SEATTLE, Wash. (EP— A foundation to provide funds for the continuing education of American 
Baptist ministers has been organized with a $25,000 grant. 

Mr. and Mrs. Philip Renshaw, in honor of the Rev. Fred Leach— father of Mrs. Renshaw, established 
the fund under the American Baptist Board of Education to enable ministers of the denomination to 
participate in continuing education programs. 

"Virtually every profession has some program of continuing education," Mr. Renshaw stated, "but 
many clergymen leave the seminary and take up parish work with no provison for keeping abreast of 
developments in their field. That's ridiculous!" 

Under the plan, each minister qualifying is permitted a week for each year of service to the church 
with his salary continued and his expenses provided. A minister may elect to take two weeks every 
other year. 




January 25, 1969 





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3 Johnny's Dad 
Thinks . . . 

4 Vision, Action, 

6 "Not Finished Yet?" 

7 The Secretary Who 
Talks Back 

9 Missions, Primitive 
Conditions, Yet . . . 

10 Why Not 

Enough Ministers? 

12 Church News 

13 Worldscope 

14 Praise and Prayer 

15 Sleeplessness 

16 Sowing the Wind . . . 

17 Grace Prayer Guide 
24 Grace Library 

Clyde K. Landrum, Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions — Rev. John W. Zielasko 

Home Missions — Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

Grace Schools — Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

SMM — Miss Donna Hawbaker 

Laymen — Mr. Harold Jones 

January 25, 1969 


Home Missions and 
Grace Schools Issue 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: 
$4.00 a year, foreign, $5.00. Special rates 
to churches. 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

The Editor Speaks . . . 

By Clyde K. Landrum 

"Johnny's Dad 

Thinks You're 

Some Kind 

of Nut... 


"I wonder if Tom will give me 
candy, flowers, or maybe something 
very different this Valentine's Day. 
That distinctive box of candy last year 
jwas delicious. It doesn't matter, really, 
'though, what it is; it's just wonderful 
Ithat Tom never forgets. " It's nice that 
many wives can be thus assured. There 
are too many who can't. 

Yet, strange as it may seem, men 
sometimes get marked for over-atten- 
tion to their wives. Like the man who 
said to his friend, "Why are you al- 
ways doing all these things for Mary; 
; t puts the rest of us guys on the spot! 
It's pretty hard to remember all the 
special occasions, and then to have our 
wives tossing it back to us, 'Tom never 
forgets Mary'!" 

Even the kids catch on. "Dad, 
Johnny's dad thinks you're some kind 
of nut. He thinks you're henpecked; 
always jumping around doing things 
for Mom. And when you go around 
and open the car door for Mom, he 
really laughs. He thinks that's for kids 
on dates but not for grown-ups. 
'Course I think it's nice, but not 
Johnny's pop!" 

The love of a husband for his 
wife is basic to successful married 
life. But, more important is the 
fact that it is the very heart of 
successful marriage for Christian 
couples. Not that being kind, opening 
car doors, and giving gifts to a wife 
satisfies the requirements of love in the 
fullest sense. Many couples who do 

these things and more, wind up in 
divorce court. There must be a basic 
and genuine love-principle present to 
make marriage work. This originates 
in the God of love, in the person and 
work of His Son Jesus Christ. It comes 
to the individual through a personal 
experience of Christ as Saviour. Then 
with the love of God in their hearts, 
man and wife have the potential for a 
happy marriage . 

But, even so, they must work at 
it. What a boost for the husband in 
the admonition of the Apostle Paul in 
Ephesians 5:25: "Husbands, love your 
wives, even as Christ also loved the 
church, and gave himself for it." A 
husband who feels that he loves his 
wife too much, perhaps feeling that he 
sort of worships her, is forgetting that 
Christ loved the church enough to give 
His life on the cross for it (His bride), 
and the husband is admonished to love 
his wife as much! Some of us hus- 
bands are much in debt to our wives, 
and will need to "pay up" with inter- 
est. So this year in addition to the 
box of candy, maybe we should also 
"eat out," leaving the dishes for some- 
one else to do for a change! 

Where there is the love of God in 
hearts, there just must be love for hus- 
band and wife. And where there is this 
genuine love, it will show up in love 
of parents for children, and children 
for parents, making for a truly Chris- 
tian home. It is from this kind of 
home that will come workers for the 
Lord, and citizens who will put into 
practice the teachings of the Word of 
God in their everyday lives. 

Oh yes, to you wives, don't forget 
that in the same chapter in Ephesians 
it is recorded, "Wives, submit your- 
selves unto your own husbands, as un- 
to the Lord." It takes the love of God 
working in the hearts of both the hus- 
band and the wife to make for success- 
ful marriage ! ▼ 

anuary 25, 1969 

Vision -f Action 


By Lester E. Pifer 

Brethren Missionary Hera 

I he Bible says, "Where there is no 
vision, the people perish . . ." (Prov. 
29:18). The universal principle stated 
here must be applied in the work of 
home missions and church extension. 

Missionary vision is based upon a 
need, a recognition of the means to 
meet that need and the expectation or 
faith that God will supply the spiritual 
power to accomplish His purpose. 

The spiritual needs of our nation are 
reaching alarming proportions. When a 
nation turns against God and His Word 
and distorts the basic Bible facts, we 
are standing in line for the judgment of 
God. Bible reading and prayer are be- 
ing systematically eliminated from our 
schools. Baccalaureate services for 
public schools are being seriously ques- 
tioned. Leaders in places of higher 
learning are becoming much more bold 
in their atheistic teaching. Morals 
among adults, college young people 
and even teen-agers are sinking to a 
frightening low. Immorality has be- 
come the big joke in the entertainment 

Crime continues to erode our so- 
ciety. The Federal Bureau of Investi- 
gation has just released the facts that 
on top of a 16 percent increase in crime 
last year (highest in our history) there 
is now an unprecedented 19 percent 
increase in the first part of this year. 
Murder is up 15 percent, rape up 17 
percent, robbery up 32 percent and 
auto theft is up 22 percent. Respect 
for authority continues to wane, re- 
bellion on campuses increases, and the 
American home is under bitter attack. 
The prospects for a bright future on 
this earth are extremely clouded. 

The big guns of criticism are now 
being turned toward the church and 
clergymen. The American people look 
to the large denominational churches 
which have been eroded by apostasy. 
This modern apostasy reveals itself in 
three realms: departure from the Word 
of God, departure from the basic rules 

of conduct for Christian living, and 
departure from the basic purpose of 
God for His church. Unless the church 
(general) returns to the true concept 
of God and His church as revealed in 
the Word of God there will be no bless- 
ing, no power, no movement of God. 

The bitter sadness of this situation 
arises out of the fact that the common 
American citizen is often not able to 
delineate between the churches that 
are true to the Word and those that 
are false. He builds his rejection of the 
church, its leadership, and its dogma 
on the premise of a failing apostate 

Fundamental, Bible-believing and 
spirit-moved churches have a vastly 
different story to tell— souls saved, lives 
transformed, family relations restored, 
happiness in fellowship and answered 
prayer. Such churches are experiencing 
the blessing of God and are growing. 
Their influence is wholesome, stimu- 
lating and vibrant. 

America is a modern Nineveh. Many 
churches are similar to Jonah in that 
they are not ready to take the direc- 
tion of God and preach the truth. 
Like Jonah they would rather take a 
trip in another direction than face the 

The Brethren Church, a conserva- 
tive, fundamental church has a glorious 
opportunity in our nation. The spiri- 
tual need is great. We have the message 
that will bring the power of God to 
work in the American home. May 

God help us to catch this vision and 
move to action! 

The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil stands ready to accept this chal- 
lenge. We need qualified home mis- 
sionaries. We need home-mission dol- 
lars for their support. We need to buy 
up the wonderful opportunities in 
growing suburban developments now! 

Vision? We want active Brethren 
churches in every major city in the 
USA. We want to reach the urban, the 
rural, the underprivileged, and the 
privileged. We want a total ministry 
to reach every person in our nation. 

Alaska, Nevada, and North Carolina 
are projected for 1969. We expect 
three or perhaps five churches to step 
out by faith and become self-support- 
ing. We will need at least five new 
church buildings this year. But more 
than this we need to see goals set in 
every home-mission church and every 
established church. Goals to reach 
more souls, more families, more youth 
and more children for Christ. Why 
not set a goal to reach a soul a week, 
a family a week for Christ? 

The burden to pray the Lord of the 
harvest to thrust out laborers into the 
harvest field is a Biblical command. 
Are we doing what Christ said? Is that 
a number one request at your church 
prayer meeting? The need is great for 
trained leaders to take advantage of 
one of the greatest opportunities of a 
lifetime— to reach America for Christ. 

"The Breth&n Church . . . 
has a glorious opportunity 
in our nation. " 

January 25, 1969 

Not Finished Yet?" 

". . . and it's not finished yet!" This 
was the unbelieving response of one 
of our first time visitors at the Lexing- 
ton Grace Brethren Church. The 
occasion was our first Rally Day. A 
twofold goal was set— to reach two 
hundred in our morning worship ser- 
vice and to add $500 to the building 

In answer to the faith of the people 
the Lord sent exactly two hundred. 
But this was not the only reason for 
praise. When the offering was counted 
we had a new high of nearly $1,300. 
The building fund goal of $500 was 
more than doubled. 

The statement of our visitor came 
to mind: ". . . and it's not finished 
yet!" She was right; the building is 
not finished! The construction crew 
will not complete its work at Lexing- 
ton until mid-January. That building 
will seat approximately two hundred 
in the sanctuary. Thus, we are present- 
ly having plans drawn for our first ad- 

(Editor's note: Rev. Terrance Taylor 
is the pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Lexington, Ohio.) 

By Terrance Taylor 

There are other conditions to which 
this same statement applies. As to the 
Lord's work in Lexington, certainly 
it's not finished yet. During the past 
four weeks we have seen seventeen 
decisions, four of these were first time. 
However, of five hundred homes sur- 
veyed more than 55 percent of the 
people in the area attend no church. 

Psalm 126:6 tells us, "He that goeth 
forth and weepeth, bearing precious 
seed, shall doubtless come again with 
rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with 
him." Pray with us that the Lord will 
use this new church at Lexington to 
reach this rapidly growing community. 

There is yet another area in which 
this statement could be applied. And 
perhaps this is the most important 
application of all. The Lord is not yet 
finished in your heart! Philippians 
1:6, "Being confident of this very 
thing, that he which hath begun a good 
work in you will perform it until the 
day of Jesus Christ." How I wish that 
Christians would really believe this! 
Far too often the people in our 
churches feel that once we are saved 
by the power of Christ there is nothing 

else to the Christian life until either 
physical death or the Rapture ushers 
us into the presence of the Lord. 
Somehow, we have forgotten that we 
are to "present your bodies a living 
sacrifice" (Rom. 12:1), or that we are 

The Visitor 
Asked a 

commanded to be "filled with the 
spirit" (Eph. 5:18). 

No, the Lord isn't finished yet— not 
with Lexington, not with the world, 
not with you. Why not give Christ a 
chance to make your life worth living? 

The Lexington, Ohio, 
Grace Brethren Church 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

The Secretory Who 
Talk Back f 

i leelu 

(Editor's Note: Mrs. Neely is a 
missionary to the Jewish people 
of the Fairfax section of Los 

I perform some of the secretarial 
duties here in our mission office. But, 
we have a secretary who is on duty 
twenty-four hours a day. Although 
she is not officially known as a repre- 
sentative of the Brethren Messianic 
Testimony staff, she does assist us. 

Let me describe her for you. Para- 
doxically, she is rather square but is a 
live wire. She has all her buttons- 
which are in good working order, 
some of which read: On, Off, Erase, 
Play Back, Reset, Volume, Rewind, 
Fast Forward, Auto Answer, Answer- 
ing Call. She is gray in color, but not 
dull as she sometimes brightens up our 
day. To top this— she talks back! 
And— we all wish she would talk back 


By this time you know we are de- 
scribing our electronic secretary. Mr. 
Button records messages several times 
a week which lasts approximately two 
and one-half minutes, then gives an 
invitation to those of Jewish extraction 
to leave their names and addresses if 
they are interested in receiving the lit- 
erature described. This is when our 
secretary talks back. Some folks hang 
up; some just breathe; others give out 
with comments. However, some do 
give their names and addresses. Our 
literature is mailed out to them, and 
a card file is kept. We allow two or 
three weeks to go by, giving a chance 
for them to examine the literature. 

January 25, 1969 

Then, we take these names and use 
them for our afternoon call-backs. 

Does our talking-back secretary pay 
off? One of these calls took us to a 
young Jewess, who denied sending for 
any literature. It finally turned out 
that her daughter had called as a joke, 
and left her mother's name. During 
our conversation we discovered this 
young Jewish mother had received 
Christ as her Saviour— but, because of 
family, she is a secret believer. Her 
husband is a very religious Jew who 
has his prayers every morning and is a 
very faithful attendant of the syna- 
gogue. We were able to sit and dis- 
cuss the New Testament and have 
prayer. We left our card, inviting her 
to call on us if needed, and assured 
her our staff would be praying for her 
and her family. We returned a few 
weeks later and offered her the book 
we use for new believers, Now That I 
Believe by Robert A. Cook. She would 
only accept this if it would fit in her 

"Pray much for this 
type of ministry " 

handbag. Praise the Lord, it did, so 
we left her with this book! Pray much 
for this young lady , whom we saw clasp 
her hands and say, "Oh, I cannot reveal 
to my husband that I even think about 
anything like this." Sad, isn't it? 

Here is another instance of the 
worth of our secretary. In tracking 
down two other names at the same 
address, we found a brother and sister 
who are Gentiles. The boy was about 
ten years old and he advised us that he 

had requested the literature to give to 
his friends. Since he lives in the Fair- 
fax neighborhood, we presume his 
friends are Jewish. If this is so, he is 
the youngest missionary to the Jews 
we have met. 

Pray much for this type of ministry. 
Pray for the messages as they are given 
out on our electronic secretary, for 
those who listen, and for John and me 
as we testify to those who are willing 
to hear. ▼ 

You still have time 
for a few 


—start the year with your own money saving resolution. 

-put your money to work in the Lord's work. 

—receive 5% interest on your investment. 

-make January, 1969, your time to open your B.I.F. account. 

-kick the resolution habit for the action habit. 

Do it today 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Missions, Primitive 
Conditions, Yet 
Natives to Reach 

By G. William Reeder 


lave you been to the mission 
field lately? Does that question strike 
you as strange? I have been on the 
mission field for more than eight years. 
I have had the experience of helping 
in the establishment of a mission sta- 
tion. I have been in worship services 
in primitive facilities. I have witnessed 
to the natives and been exceedingly 
blessed to see local congregations grow 
physically and spiritually to a state far 
advanced from that primitive begin- 
ning. I have seen souls born into the 
kingdom of God. I have served in this 
mission point for more than eight 
years-and never left home! 

Yes, I'm being a bit facetious when 
I say these things but in a very definite 
sense of the word they are true beyond 
doubt. Sure, the mission station was a 
home-Bible class, and the primitive 
facilities were a basement or a school 
auditorium. True, the natives were 
really fellow citizens of the local com- 

munity. This does not, however, elim- 
inate the overwhelming fact that these 
very things are the "fruit of the chal- 
lenge" of Brethren home missions. 

We of The National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches are especially en- 
dowed with the working-tools for as- 
sisting in the evangelizing of America. 
Such endowment comes from the Lord 
through The Brethren Home Missions 

In light of the swift moral descent 
of America we may even now be right 
in the midst of God's most important 
mission field. The harvest is no less 
white in America than it is in Africa or 
Argentina. There are countless num- 
bers stepping out into a Christless 
eternity. This then, is the challenge 
of Brethren home missions. The task 
is plain. Have you been to the mission 
field lately? Look around you, you 
are in it. 

(Editor's note: Mr. Reeder is the vice-moderator of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Vandalia, Ohio. He is employed in the Military Development 
Department of the National Cash Register Co., Dayton, Ohio.) 

January 25, 1969 

By Robert Thompson 

Wky Not 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

I he people-problem is today's 
greatest crisis." This statement was 
recently released as a part of a survey 
taken by the National Industrial Con- 
ference Board. The survey clearly in- 
dicated that the shortage of qualified 
man power was the number one prob- 
lem of today's business. Although no 
actual survey has been taken within 
the Christian church, there is every 
evidence that if one were taken the 
final analysis would be the same. The 
number of available men to assume 
leadership in our pastorless churches 
continues to diminish and there is no 
relief in sight. In a search for the 
reason for such a dilemma several ob- 
servations are in order. 

Parents seem to be blamed for near- 
ly everything today and I hesitate to 
point yet another accusing finger. 
However, the evidence clearly shows 
that part of the guilt can be traced 
directly to the home. It would appear 
that the very desire for children seems 
to be based on purely selfish reasons 
rather than on Biblical principles. We 
search in vain for parents today who 
prevail before the Lord with the singu- 
lar purpose of Hannah in Old Testa- 
ment days. There is a desperate need 
for such a spirit that caused this 
mother to cry out in bitterness of soul 
for a man-child to take his place among 
the servants of the Lord. 

It might be that this failure on the 
part of Christian parents to dedicate 
their children to the ministry is due 
partly to the unsavory image which 
has been fostered by the media of to- 
day. Although the Bible declares the 
office of bishop to be a coveted one, 
our society has succeeded in portraying 
the pastor as playing a rather insignifi- 
cant role in twentieth-century life. 

The Christian community has, like- 

wise, contributed to the general depre- 
ciation of the ministry. In its efforts 
to democratize the church it has fos- 
tered a philosophy that the preacher is 
just a "hired man." In its efforts to 
tear down the barriers erected during 
medieval times between clergy and 
laity we have lost much more than the 
cloak and collar. If one adds to this 
the financial inequities that tradition- 
ally have been associated with the 
pastor's office it is not difficult to see 
why young people have failed to re- 
spond to the challenge of missionary 

Closely related to these problems is 
that of training. Christian parents 
have, too often, abdicated their divine- 
ly ordained responsibility. There must 
be no equivocation on the Biblical 
precept of "train up a child in the 
way he should go (italics mine)." This 
directive places the parents squarely 
in the place of decision. Some of the 
greatest men of history have been 
those whose parents played an impor- 
tant role in the determination of their 
destiny while they were yet of tender 
age. It doesn't seem contrary to God's 
plan that today's parents determine to 
raise some pulpit prodigies. 

In no area have we been so remiss 
as in the selection of academic training 
centers for our youth. Victimized by 
the brain-washing techniques of our 
twentieth century we have stood by 
in apathetic silence as our most prom- 

(Editor's note: Rev. Robert Thompson 
is the Western Field Director for the 
Brethren Home Missions Council. His 
home is in Westminster, California; and 
he is a member of the Orange, Cal- 
ifornia church.) 

ising young men have enrolled in the 
secular institutions of our land. Little 
wonder so few such secularized stu- 
dents ever stand in the pulpits of our 
church. Having been influenced by 
atheistic professors for four years the 
job of rehabilitation is almost too 
great, even for a fundamental semin- 
ary, when (and if) such a student later 
enrolls for theological training. 

There is no patent panacea. There 
is no such thing as an "instant preach- 
er." Parents must pray, plan, and pur- 
sue a course of action that will be an 
encouragement to their children to 
recognize the ministry as a vocation 
worthy of their aspiration. Little can 
be done to stop the production of 
celluloid trash and literary garbage that 
portrays the ministry so unfavorably, 
but the church can do much to restore 
the marred image. Every possible 
means must be used to upgrade the 
office and regain the dignity, honor, 
and respect that rightfully belongs to 
the clergy. Pastors, themselves, must 
exercise great care in their own de- 
meanor. Pastoral misconduct has a de- 
moralizing effect not only among the 
adult constituency but among the 
youth as well. 

The empty pulpits of 1968 are but 
warning signals— clouds the size of a 
man's hand. If we ignore them and 
fail to take remedial action we can ex- 
pect a greater loss among our churches. 
The divine indictment so poignantly 
proclaimed by the prophet Ezekiel 
echoes down to us today. "I sought 
for a man among them that should 
make up the hedge, and stand in the 
gap before me for the land." In Ezek- 
iel's day the awful answer reverberated 
throughout the heavens— "I found 
none." Must the answer be the same 
for us? ▼ 

Mfrugk Mintote/iV? 

January 25, 1969 


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29 evening service of the Calvary Breth- 
ren Church was student night and all 
students home for Christmas had a 
part in the service. A musical pro- 
gram featured several former students 
and their husbands and wives, includ- 
ing Mr. and Mrs. Terry White of the 
Grace College faculty. Mr. Larry De- 
Armey showed slides and gave a report 
of his visit to France as a cadet mis- 
sionary. A. Harold Arrington, pastor. 

HARRISBURG, PA. The Christmas 
gift of the Melrose Gardens Grace 
Brethren Church to Pastor Earle E. 
Peer was a ticket for a Holy Land and 
European tour to be conducted by 
Rev. Nathan Meyer, Mar. 18-Apr. 1. 
The speaker for the Harrisburg Inter- 
national Bible Conference held in this 
church Jan. 12-14 was Rev. Arnold 
Kriegbaum. The theme of his messages 
was: "God's Message to the Seven 
Churches of Asia Minor." 

CHANGES. The new address of 
Rev. and Mrs. Richard D. McCarthy is 
197 0rlonSt.,NewHoUand,Pa. 17557. 
All church mail should be sent to this 
address. After the first of February, 
the address of Rev. and Mrs. Daniel 
Grabill will be 3430 Blocker Drive, 
Dayton, Ohio 45420. Rev. and Mrs. 
Robert Firl note a new address and 
telephone number: 6532 Urban Court, 
Arvada, Colo. 80002, telephone 
303^24-1898. Please change your 

Grace Brethren Church had its Chris- 
mas program on Dec. 15 with the 
young people presenting "The True 
Meaning of Christmas." There were 
107 present for the service. This was 
followed by a time of fellowship, re- 
freshment, and the presentation of a 
surprise gift of $ 188 to Pastor and Mrs. 
Eloy Pacheco. 

CAMDEN, OHIO. During the eve- 
ning service on Dec. 15, seven young 
people were baptized by trine immer- 
sion. George S. Ritchey, pastor. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Terry Howie, 
first-year student at Grace Seminary, 
preached at the Singer Hill Grace Breth- 
ren Church on Dec. 29, while Pastor 
Robert Crees was officiating at the 
dedication of his granddaughter at the 
Riverside Brethren Church. 

MODESTO, CALIF. The adults of 
the Greenwood Grace Brethren Church 
held a Christmas party at which time a 
surprise "This Is Your Life" program 
was held for Pastor and Mrs. Robert 
Kliewer. Newsletters and tapes of 
acquaintances from the past came from 
all over the United States as well as 
responses from the foreign mission 
fields. Along with the surprise was a 
gift given to Mrs. Kliewer, and a gift 
certificate from a men's clothing store 
was given to the pastor. In November, 
the church averaged 125 in Sunday 
school, with a high of 133 which was 
an all-time high record. Services have 
been held in the new sanctuary for 
nine months. Robert C. Kliewer, pas- 

WOOSTER, OHIO. The annual 
snow retreat was enjoyed by the First 
Brethren Church from Jan. 21 to Feb. 
2 at Camp Wesley in the Mohican 
State Forest area. Speakers for the 
event were Dr. John Davis and Prof. 
Charles Henry of Grace Schools. The 
program included films, discussions, 
and sports. Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 

D. Fricke announced his resignation as 
pastor of the Lakewood Brethren 
Church. His home address will remain 
the same as listed in the Annual. 

26 was "Miami Bible College Day" in 
the Grace Brethren Church of Fort 
Lauderdale. A fine group of students 
from the college taught classes in sever- 
al Sunday-school departments; took 
part in the youth groups, and partici- 
pated in the morning worship service. 
The church served a delicious noon 
meal to the college students and church 
young people, and the college choir 
sang in the evening service. Jack K. 
Peters, pastor. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Rev. Horace 
Mohler has been called to the position 
of assistant pastor of the First Breth- 
ren Church. He began his ministry on 
Jan. 27. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

RIPON, CALIF. Charter Member- 
ship Sunday was observed at the Grace 
Brethren Church here on Jan. 5, as 23 
adults and three young people affixed 
their names to the membership roll of 
the new church. Guest speaker for the 
day was Pastor John W. Mayes of Sun- 
ny side, Wash. In the afternoon charter- 
signing service, testimonies recalled the 
beginning of a Bible class in the sum- 
mer of 1966 with Rev. Lyle Marvin as 
the first teacher and the beginning of 
Sunday services Apr. 2, 1967 with Mr. 
Richard Skiles as lay-pastor. Average 
Sunday school attendance for Decern-, 
ber was 55. Howard W. Mayes, pastor. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Rev. and Mrs. 
Don Rough announce the birth of 
Kathleen Dawn on Nov. 30. Rev. 
Rough is pastor of the Riverside Breth- 
ren Church. 

COVINGTON, OHIO. In a recent 
evangelistic meeting with Rev. George 
Long at the First Brethren Church, 
there were ten decisions and an average 
attendance of 86. Five were baptized 
at the close of the meeting. Pastor 
Ralph Miller reports that they have 
seen some real victories in the past few 
months, for which they are praising 
the Lord. 


Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 


publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 


Date Pastor 


Dayton, Ohio 

Feb. 7-9 Forrest Jackson 

Bill Smith 

Anaheim, Calif. 

Feb. 9-14 Donald Carter 

Nathan Meyer 

Akron, Ohio 

Feb. 14-16 Vernon Harris 

Bill Smith 

Ft. Myers, Fla. 

Feb. 16-23 Bernard Schneider 

Mark Malles 

Peru, Ind. 

Feb. 17-23 Gerald Root 

Allen Herr 

Maitland, Fla. 

Feb. 23-Mar. 2 R. Paul Miller 

Mark Malles 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

MOSCOW (EP)-The reading from the Bible by the crew of Apollo 8 in a broadcast from outer space 
was treated as a joke here in a commentary by Soviet radio. 

Astronauts Frank Borman, William A. Anders, and James S. Lovell, Jr., read the story of Creation from 
the Book of Genesis. 

"It would be interesting," Soviet radio said, "to know what this means. Is it a joke or a space attempt 
to strengthen the authority of religion which has been shaken by the flight itself?" 

SEATTLE, WASH. (EP)— For insomnia, neuroticism, and peptic ulcers, the best 
antidote is Vitamin R, namely, Religion, according to Dr. George W. Crane. 

In response to Case H-573, the doctor said that when people worship colored 
tablets and bottled medicines they are growing idolatrous. 

"Indeed, the rise of psychiatry is an indirect indictment of the decline of religion," 
Dr. Crane said. "A firm partnership with the Almighty gives you a wider, cosmic 
perspective. This dwarfs petty daily irritations. It then lets you fall asleep without 
knocking yourself out with a chemical club inside your cranium. Remember, too, 
that the drugs you consume will thus impose an extra burden on your liver and 
kidneys and usually your heart." 

"Get on God's team so you can then relax at night by asking Him to take over the 
night shift for you," the journalist physician stated. 

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. (EP)-The Middle Slates Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools 
has granted The King's College here full accreditation. 

"Regional accreditation," said College President, Dr. Robert A. Cook, "and the certification of much 
of our teacher education program means we have only just begun. So we face the future with deep 
dedication to our Lord and to the challenge of preparing tomorrow's Christian leaders, today." 

WINONA LAKE, IND. (EP)— Free Methodist ministers and headquarters employees 
will enjoy a new pension plan to supplement Social Security benefits. 

The plan, developed by the Board of Administration, went into effect Jan. 1, 1969 
in cooperation with the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company and will be 
financed entirely by the church. No contributions from participants are required. 

MOSCOW (EP)-A meeting which assembled 950 boys and girls at the Black Sea youth camp of 
Artek to "root out religion," was not entirely to the liking of the editors of Nauka I Religia— science and 

The Soviet atheist magazine complained that while most children said they did not believe in God be- 
cause He was not seen by cosmonauts during space flights, many children just didn't care whether they 
were atheists or not. 

Nauka I Religia charged in its latest edition that there was lack of enthusiasm among local authorities 
and inadequate atheistic education in the children. One girl who turned up at the camp came from a 
strictly religious family in Siberia and other children showed no interest, the periodical declared. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)-Dr. Edward L. R. Elson, pastor of Washington's National 
Presbyterian Church, will be the U.S. Senate's chaplain for the next two years. He succeeds 
Dr. Frederick Brown Harris, 83, who held the post for 24 years. 

Senator Stennis, an Episcopalian and leader of the Senate prayer breakfast, placed Dr. 
Elson's name in nomination, with Senator Gale McGee (D.-Wyo.), a Presbyterian, seconding 
the nomination. Dr. Edward Lewis was nominated by Senator Lee Metcalf (D.-Wyo.), a 
United Methodist. 

When the Democratic caucus voted, Dr. Elson received 28 votes, Dr. Lewis 20. 

January 25, 1969 13 



PRAY for a good financial ending 
to the present fiscal year ending March 

PRAY for the Eastern Home Mis- 
sion Workshop to be held March 4, 5 
and 6. 

PRAY for the annual board meet- 
ing of The Brethren Home Missions 
Council in Winona Lake March 11, 
12 and 13. 

PRAY for a triumphal entry of 
Brethren home missions into the State 
of Alaska this summer. 

PRA Y for a number of new home- 
mission churches that are looking for 
church locations at this time. 


PRAISE God for the large enroll- 
ment in both schools at the beginning 
of the second semester. 

PRA Y that the spiritual impressions 
and decisions made at the recent Grace 
Bible Conference may be permanent. 

PRA Y that all the details in connec- 
tion with the joint operation of Grace 
Schools and the Winona Lake Christian 
Assembly may be worked out smooth- 


PRAY for the crew who has been 
working on the construction of the 
library building that it may continue 
to be used to the best advantage of 
Grace Schools. 

PRAY that in this February-May 
period of foreign missions emphasis the 
many special activities and materials 
may be used of the Lord to heighten 
the interest among the churches for 
prayer and giving. 

PRA Y for the Spirit's leading in all 
the details concerning the entry into 
Germany as a mission field, and for 
the Roger Peughs, the missionaries 
who will be going there. 

PRAY for those people, both on 
the mission fields and in the home 
office, who care for the time-consum- 
ing but vital business details of the 
mission work. 


PRAY for the national WMC execu- 
tive board as it will meet in March, 
that the Lord will direct it in all de- 
liberations and matters of business. 

PRA Y for the district WMC execu- 
tive boards as they meet to plan for 
the Spring rallies and district con- 

PRA Y that our WMC ladies will be 
willing to serve the Lord through the 
various offices and committees of the 
local WMC. 

PRAY that our WMC prayer war- 
riors will be faithful in remembering 
daily the young men and women who 
have dedicated themselves in full-time 
service to the Lord. 

PRAISE the Lord for the souls 
saved thus far in our WMC year. 


PRAY that many Sunday schools 
will take advantage of the March to 
Sunday School in March program, and 
that as a result many new people may 
be contacted. 

PRA Y for the laymen in the organi- 
zation of new Christian Service Bri- 
gades in at least forty churches during 
this year. 

PRAY that final plans for the Chris- 
tian education conference and the 
youth conference may bring to these 
conferences the very persons that will 
fill needs among our people. 

PRA Y for the financial needs of the 
Christian Education Department— that 
every church will assume its responsi- 
bility in the matter of giving. 

PRAY that the BSLV program will 
fill the gap among our youth, and that 
as a result many will answer the call of 
God to service. 

PRA Y as TIME applications are be- 
ing finalized, the staff may have wis- 
dom from the Lord in sending forth 
the TIME missionaries. 

PRAY for the continuing watch- 
care of the Lord upon those of this 
department who travel among the 
churches as well as those who remain 
in the office. 


PRAY for the complete healing 
of Rev. Scott Weaver who has found it 
necessary to terminate his ministry 
with us because of his health. 

PRAY for the blessings of God 
upon the ministry of Rev. Allen Herr 
who is now serving the Lord as an 
evangelist for the Board of Evangelism. 

PRAY that our congregations will 
be prepared for the crusade meetings 
when the evangelist arrives. 

PRA Y for the Director of Evange- 
lism, Bill Smith, as he conducts soul- 
winning conferences and speaks at 
dinner-meetings and conventions 
throughout America. 

PRAISE the Lord for His constant 
protection upon our men as they travel 
many miles each month. 

PRAISE the Lord for the many 
people who came to know Jesus Christ 
as their Saviour and Lord during the 
past year as the result of the ministry 
of our staff. 


PRAY that the SMM missionary 
emphasis will be used to channel many 
girls into missionary service. 

PRAY that all organization goals 
will be met by local and district 

PRA Y that each SMM girl will have 
a personal concern to bring other girls 
to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. 


PRAY for wisdom in carrying out 
decisions which were made by the 
Missionary Herald board in the Febru- 
ary meeting. 

PRAISE the Lord for significant in- 
creases in our literature outreach in 

PRAY for the Lord's guidance in 
the need for more space for workers 
and for carrying on the BMH literature 


PRA Y for guidance for young men 
who have asked for help in locating a 
gospel-preaching church in the vicinity 
of their base. 

PRA Y for wisdom for chaplains as 
they work with service personnel in an 
effort to solve many problems. 


Brethren Missionary Herald 


There are many people who suf- 
fer from the malady called insom- 
nia, the inability to sleep. For 
various reasons, all of us have ex- 
perienced sleepless nights, but there 
are millions who have chronic, pro- 
longed insomnia. 

Some years ago in Leicester, Eng- 
land, there was a man who for some 
unknown reason lost his desire for 
sleep. For more than fifty years he 
spent the nights reading, listening 
to the radio, and resting, but never 
sleeping. His problem amazed doc- 
tors who experimented with various 
means of producing sleep. All plans, 
pills, experiments, including hypno- 
tism, failed to provide sleep. 

Although this is an extreme odd- 
ity from the annals of medical his- 
tory, it probably has little to do 
with us. But it is true that many 
people today cannot sleep. Most 
medical authorities agree that ten- 
sion robs people of sleep more than 
anything else. 

Psychiatrists say that some major 
causes of tension are: fear of the 
future and of death; feelings of 
emptiness, loneliness and meaning- 
lessness; a sense of guilt and con- 

demnation. If these causes are not 
met head-on, tension will prevail, 
often resulting in sleeplessness. 

If one or more of the causes 
listed above are evident in your life, 
there are at least three choices avail- 
able to you in coping with your 

First of all, you can just do noth- 
ing about it. Ignore it. Repress it. 
Laugh it off. But, of course, this 
doesn't work, as you probably al- 
ready know. 

Secondly, you can consult your 
doctor and use certain prescribed 
pills to either pep you up or calm 
you down, whatever your need 
might be. Even competent psy- 
chiatric consultation could bring 
some help and relief. 

But, perhaps best of all, you can 
follow the sensible principles of the 
Christian faith and experience the 
release and redemption that millions 
have already found in Jesus Christ. 
His words, "Come unto me, all ye 
that labor and are heavy laden, and 
I will give you rest" are still valid. 
Respond to Him and much more 
than your sleeplessness will be cured. 
—John R. Terrell 

January 25, 1969 


r\ n embarrassing question con- 
fronts the people of God in The Breth- 
ren Church at this time. Are we help- 
ing to sow the wind which will eventu- 
ally develop into a whirlwind? I am 
thinking of this in the sense of omis- 
sion rather than commission. But fail- 
ure to do what we ought to do only 
opens the way for those who press 
their suit in the positive. Now this is 
what I mean. Recently I was im- 
pressed anew at the importance of 
work among the Christian young peo- 
ple of our church, and came face to 
face with the realization that the one 
organization within the denomination 
set for that purpose is laboring under 
a heavy deficit. This deficit exists in 
spite of the frugal budget with which 
they seek to work. This means that 
something is desperately wrong. 

My mind then went back over the 
forty years that I have known The 
Brethren Church with any degree of 
intimacy, and I must confess that some 
things began to stand out quite promi- 
nently. In spite of our loud protesta- 
tions of orthodoxy and evangelistic 
spirit, with rare exceptions, there has 
really been little concern for our young 
people, on the local level, the district 
level, or the national level. Any efforts 
in this direction have been struggles in 
the face of great odds and persistent 
apathy. It is amazing that as much 
progress has been made as has been. 
But now, at a time when the people of 
God should be rushing to the rescue 
with personal and financial help, there 
seems to be less concern than ever. 
Just consider a few things bearing on 
this matter. 

This is fast becoming a young peo- 
ple's world. Whether we like it or not, 
wherever the majority of the popula- 
tion lies, therein the influence and con- 
trol of the world will be exercised. 
The force of this fact is already being 
felt. Governments are rising and fall- 
ing before the pressure of youth. In 
this country where there is still more 
control felt from elders, the pressure 
of youth is being deeply felt, and the 
voting age will doubtless be lowered 
to 18 very shortly. The riots and revo- 




President, Grace Theological Seminary 
and Grace College 

lution and seething discontent felt on 
college campuses is gradually filtering 
down to high school age. Do not be 
surprised to see the same patterns of 
conduct breaking out in the high 
schools across the land within the next 
few years. 

Satan is out to capture the minds 
of men. And he is making his biggest 
play for the minds of youth. He 
knows that if he can capture the 
youth of today, he will control the 
world for his purpose tomorrow. To 
achieve this result he has not hesitated 
to infiltrate every area of education 
and to utilize every medium of com- 
munication. There is no place of iso- 
lation from this diabolical and clever 
system of indoctrination. Right under 
the eyes of Christian parents their 
children are subtly slipping into un- 
belief, only to discover it when they 
have reached college age. 

As parents we forget that our chil- 
dren are being exposed to the sub- 
tilties of false philosophies from the 
first grade through high school. They 
are confronted with it in the books 
they read, the newspapers, the maga- 
zines. They see it on TV and hear it 
over radio. The exchange among young 
people follows this pattern. But to 
offset this on the other hand, little if 
anything is being done. Most certainly 
the proportion of effort or finance or 
quality is not being brought to bear in 
order to protect these young people. 
Can this sort of response be justified 
in the face of the approaching storm? 
If no effort is made to nullify the 

wind, can we escape the blame and the 
shame with the coming of the whirl- 

A prophet in Israel of long ago 
cried out: "For they have sown the 
wind, and they shall reap the whirl- 
wind" (Hos. 8:7). He saw the trend in 
the Northern Kingdom: apostasy, idol- 
atry, immorality, sensualism. He saw 
the effect in the younger generation, 
and he was certain where it would end. 
In a few short years the nation disinte- 
grated within, and the Assyrian hordes 
descended from the north and de- 
stroyed the government and carried 
the people away into captivity. The 
same winds of corruption overtook the i 
Southern Kingdom, and one hundred 
fifty years later it was also destroyed 
by the Babylonians. But in both cases 
these nations disintegrated from within 
before they felt the force of judgment 
from without. The winds of false doc- 
trine took their course and ended in 
the whirlwinds of judgment. 

Seven hundred fifty years after 
Samaria fell, there came into the land 
of Israel a prophet mighty in deed and 
in word, the Lord Jesus Christ. He j 
called twelve men to himself, and to 
these twelve he devoted himself for 
three and one-half years. They were 
young men. Even the oldest, Peter, 
was a young man. The ages ranged 
from perhaps 20 to 30. His ministry 
among them produced the greatest 
revolution in religion that the world 
has ever seen. In every renewal or 
reformation in the Christian faith in 
the past 19 centuries, it was young 
men who led the way. 

Is it now time for us to recognize 
the important place of young people 
in the program of the church and be 
ready to dig deep into our pockets to 
reach them, and to give ourselves in 
personal devotion to them? This 
would mean a revival of interest on 
the local, district, and national level in 
our youth. It would mean a new lease 
on life within the church. It would 
mean more young people for full time 
ministry as ministers, missionaries, 
teachers. The answer is in our hands, 
personally and corporately. ▼ 


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Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary 

Explanation: Date after name indicates year of appointment. Letter C indicates 
college, and S, seminary. Name of spouse is in italics, followed by names of un- 
married children. 

Pray regularly for these faculty, administrative and supporting staff members. 


Dr. S. Herbert Bess 

(1951) S, Professor of 
Hebrew and Old Testa- 
ment, Ruth E., Char- 
lene R. 

Dr. James L. Boyer 

(1951) C and S, Chair- 
man, Division of Human- 
ities, Professor of Greek 
and Bible, Velma M. 

Dr. John J. Davis (1965) 

C and S, Assistant Profes- 
sor, Old Testament and 
Archaeology, Carolyn 
Ann, Debbie 

VUasE. Deane(1967) 
C, Instructor in Mathe- 
matics, Joyce, Ann and 

David R. Dflttng ( 1964) 
C, Assistant Professor of 
Philosophy and Greek, 
Nancy B., Mary E., R. 
Anne, Laura E. 

Richard A. Dflling (1966) 
C, Instructor of Physical 
Sciences and Mathe- 
matics, Linda 


J. Paul Dowdy (1963) 
C, Instructor in Spanish 
and Missions, Dortha 
Mae, Robert Luis 

Russel H. Dunlap (1962) 
C and S, Business Manager, 
Phyllis M., Bradley R., 
Beth E., Barbara J., 

Mis. W. Roland Felts 
(Verna) (1968) C, In- 
structor in Music, VI. 
Roland, Jeffrey and 

Mrs. Paul R. Fink (Mary) 
(1963) C, Instructor in 
Speech and Education, 
Paul R., Anne Marie and 
Glenn Allen 

Paul R. Fink (1963) S, 
Assistant Professor of 
Homiletics, Practical 
Theology and Christian 
Education, Mary Lou, 
Anne Marie and Glenn 

Roland L. Fletcher 

(1968) C, Instructor of 
Physical Education, Karen 

January 25, 1969 



P. Frederick Fogle ( 196 8) 
C and S, Director of 
Missions, Maurita, Beckie 
M., Victor F., Neal L. 

Ronald A. Guiles (1968) 
C and S, Director of 
Student Aid, Irene Anne, 
Susan Irene and David 

Charies E.Henry (1965) 

C, Assistant Professor of 
Psychology, Jean, Erik 

den "Chet" Kammerer 

(1964) C, Assistant Pro- 
fessor of Physical Edu- 
cation, Sherill, Chad 

Ward A. Kriegbaum 

(1966) C, On leave of 
absence, Kristin 

Gerald R. Franks (1966) 
C, Artist in Residence, In- 
structor in Music, Doro- 
thy, Robbie, Jeffrey and 

Mrs. Benjamin A. Ham- 
ilton (Mabel) (1951) C 
and S, Librarian, 
Benjamin A. 

Ron Henry (1962) C, 

Registrar and Director of 
Admissions, Assistant 
Professor of History, 
Willa, Michelle 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr. 

(1937) C and S, Vice 
President of both schools 
and Registrar of the 
Seminary, Alice W. 

Miss Betty L. Landgraf 
(1968) C and S, Assis- 
tant Librarian 

Melvin R. Friesen (1968) 
C, Director of Christian 
Service, Arlene Jane, 
Gregory and Barbara 

Dr. Benjamin A. Ham- 
ilton (1952) C and S, 
Assistant Librarian, 

Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

(1937) C and S, President, 
Harriet Lucile, Joseph 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 

(1949) S, Dean of the 
Seminary and Professor of 
New Testament and 
Greek, Beverly, Becky, 
Kathy and Danny 

Edgar J. Lovelady (1966) 
C, Assistant Professor of 
English, Grace, Stephen 
and Lynnette 

Donald A. Garlock 

(1961) C, Assistant Pro- 
fessor of Speech, Mary 
Lou, Donald Arthur, Jr., 
Steven Victor, Mary Lynn, 
and Sherri Ann 

Thomas E. Hammers 
(1964) C and S, De- 
velopment Officer, 
Alumni Coordinator, 
Mary L. 


Dr. Jesse D. Humberd 
(1958) C, Chairman, 
Natural Science Division, 
Director of Summer 
School, Laura 

Arnold R. Kriegbaum 
(1961) C, Dean of 
Students, Laura E. 

Dr. E. William Male 
(1959) C, Academic Dean, 
Ella Beth, Martha Ann, 
Mary Beth, Ruth Ella and 
Rebecca Sue 

Richard G. Messner 
(1956) C and S, Director 
of Development, Yvonne, 
Michael Richard, Merilyn 
Yvonne and Marlene 

R. Wayne Snider (1954) 

C, Professor of History, 
HylaM., Lisa Michelle 
and Jacqueline Lea 

Mrs. Richard G. Messner 
(Yvonne) (1957) C, Assis- 
tant Professo^of Physical 
Education, Richard C, 
Michael Richard, Merilyn 
Yvonne and Marlene 

Alva W.Steffler (1968) 
C, Assistant Professor of 
Art, Ruth, Suzanne and 

Donald E. Ogden (1950) 
C and S, Chairman, Divi- 
sion of Fine Arts, Pro- 
fessor in Music, Wanita, 
Kathie, Ron and Dianne 

John H.StoU (1966) C, 

Chairman, Department 
Biblical Studies of Re- 
ligion, Irene, Kenneth, 
Jane, Kevin and Carolyn 

Mrs. Charles E. Sauders 
(Paulette) (1965) C, Assis- 
tant Professor of English, 
Charles E., Charlotte 

Miss Carolyn A. Teel 

(1967) C, Instructor of 
English and Journalism 

Mrs. Florent Toirac 

(Dorothy Marie) (196.5) 
C, Assistant Professor of 
French, Florent, Lois, 
Thomas and Susan 

Mrs. Norman Uphouse 
(Miriam) (1963) C, Dean 
of Women, Norman, Han- 
nah and Abigail 

Dr. Norman H. Uphouse 

(1954) C, Professor of 
Education, Miriam, 
Hannah and Abigail 

Dr. John C. Whitcomb, Jr. 

(1951) S, Professor of 
Old Testament, Edisene, 
David, Donald, Con- 
stance and Bobby 

Terry D.White (1966) C 
and S, Director of Public 
Relations and Instructor 
in Music, Sharon 

Daniel E. Wonderly 
(1966) C, Assistant Pro- 
fessor of Biology , Edna 
G., Eunice and Philip 

Lloyd A. Woolman 

(1960) C, Director of 
Athletics, Betty, Jim and 

"Whatsoever ye 
shall ask . . .in my 
name, he will 
give it you." 
John 16:23 

January 25, 1969 




Mrs. Richard Anderson 

(Ethel) (1968) C, Special 
Instructor in Music, 
Richard, Elizabeth, Dan- 
iel, Edward and Nancy 

W.Roland Felts (1967) 
C, Special Instructor in 
Music, VernaMay, Jeffrey 
and Alicia 

Peter Greenhow (1967) 
C, Teaching Fellow in 
Economics, Sharon, Susan 
and Stephen 

Mrs. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
(Beverly) (1954) C, In- 
structor of Voice, Homer 
A., Becky, Kathy and 

Kenneth Kohler, Jr. 

(1968) C, Special Instruc- 
tor in Music, Claire 

Larry Lawlor ( 1968) C, 
Instructor of Social 
Studies, Dolly, Deborah, 
David, Stephen, Rebecca 
and Larry 

Theodore Martens (1968) 
C, Instructor in Speech - 
teaching fellow 

John Mayer (1967) C, 
Instructor of Physical 
Education, Carol 

Russell Schelling (1967) 
C, Physical Education In- 
structor, Shirley Louise, 
Russell, Carol, Jonathan 
and Philip 

Mrs. Terry White (Sharon) 
(1967) C, Special Instruc- 
tor in Music (piano), 

Galen Wiley (1968) C, 

Teaching Fellow in 
Science, Elsie 

"The Lord hath done great things for 

us; whereof we are glad." 

Psalm 126:3 


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(Date following name indicates year elected to board.) 


Robert Collitt (1963), B.A. 
Hagerstown, Maryland 

James G. Dixon (1954), B.D. 
Camp Springs, Maryland 

Richard P. DeArmey (1957), Th.B. 
Osceola, Indiana 

Richard E. Grant (1968), B.D. 
Alexandria, Virginia 

F. Thomas Inman (1957), B.D. 
Denver, Colorado 

Willard Lohnes (1966), M.D. 
Whittier, California 

Charles W. Mayes ( 1 950), D.D. 
Long Beach, California 

Glenn C. Messner (1960), B.A. 
Ashland, Ohio 

Wayne Smith (1968) 
Alexandria, Virginia 


John Armstrong (1964) 
Wooster, Ohio 

Harold Bolesky (1955) 
Mansfield, Ohio 

Paul E.Dick (1949) 
Winchester, Virginia 

Richard Holmes (1961), M.E. 
Wadsworth, Ohio 

Lowell Hoyt (1949), Th.M. 
Hartville, Ohio 

Clyde K. Landrum (1952), B.D. 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

Earle Peer (1968), B.D. 
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 

Bernard Schneider (1964), D.D. 
Ft. Myers, Florida 

E. M.White (1964), B.S. 
Templeton, Pennsylvania 


Kenneth B. Ashman (1944), D.D. 
Wooster, Ohio 

Douglas Cassel (1965), M.D. 
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania 

Sam Homey (1957) 
Toppenish, Washington 

Orville D. Jobson (1965), D.D. 
Winona Lake, Indiana 

R. Paul Miller (1962), B.D. 
Maitland, Florida 

CarlH. Seitz(1952) 

Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania 

Dwight Stair (1965), B.S. 
Wadsworth, Ohio 

Herman W. Koontz (1968), D.D. 
Fern Park, Florida 

"Brethren, pray for us." 
I Thessalonians 5:25 

January 25, 1969 



Front row: Miss Joyce Ashman 
Back row: Left to right: Mr. John 
Lapp, Mrs. Willy Willson, Miss 
Carol Mensinger and Mr. Jay 


(L toR): 

H. Leslie Moore (1966) C and S, 

Director of Housing, Elizabeth 

Martin E. Rose, Jr. (1968) C and S, 

Supervisor of Supporting Services, 

Judi A., Jennifer Lynn 

Paul E. Chappel (1968) C and S, 

Assistant Business Manager, Marjorie, 

Richard, Judith, Donald, Thomas and 




(L toR): 
Mrs. Jeri Meeker 
Mrs. Irene Cauffman 
Mrs. Marie Flickinger 
Mrs. Marie Humberd 
Mr. Phil Howell 
Mrs. Florence Eagle 
Mrs. Louise Garber 
Mrs. Janet Rakestraw 
Mrs. Vivyen Angelo 
Mrs. Jeane Zielasko 
Mrs. Esther Ross 
Mrs. Mildred Davis 


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Messrs: Richard Miley, Glenn Stauffer, 
John Dilling, Jr., Dale Martin, Wesley Jordan, Thomas 
Stephens, Clair Miller, Ernest Ringler, Neil Cauffman, 
— Max Fluke, and Bert Jordan 


Standing, left to right: Mrs. Jan Dilling, 

Mrs. Connie Dungy, Miss Norma Stech, Mrs. 

Helen Willett, Mrs. Catherine Miley, Mrs. 

Irene Guiles, Mrs. Nan Gratton and Mrs. 

Janice Callahan. Sitting, left ro right: Mrs. 

Phyllis Wambold, Mrs. Irene Anderson, 

Mrs. Sharon Knavel, Mrs. Agnes Derr and 

Mrs. Nancy Jones. Not shown: Mrs. Claire 

Kohler and Mrs. Barbara Manahan 



Left to right: Misses Kathy Hess, Doris Darr, Claudia McCormick, 
Sharon Skellenger and Anna Wenger 

Left to right: Messrs. Harold 

Witzky, Joseph Vander Molen 

and John Hartman 

[January 25, 1969 


Four large classrooms and eight 
faculty offices in the new library-learn- 
ing center on Grace campus are sched- 
uled to be ready for occupancy by the 
beginning of the second semester. 

In addition, there will be a language 
laboratory listening room and a large 
night-study area which could double 
as a classroom during daytime if neces- 

This is all a part of the original 
building design, allowing for greater 
flexibility in the use of the lower level 
space. Later, as the need arises, the 
library will be able to expand into this 
area by the simple removal of portable 

Installation of the suspended ceiling, 
painting of the walls, preparation of 
the floor for the laying of the carpet, 
and many other details are being 
speeded in order to be ready by 
"moving-in time." 

Occupancy of the second and third 
levels will take place as soon as the 
work is completed and fixtures in- 
stalled, by March if possible. 

Dedication of the library is set for 
May 2, 1969. 

August, 1969 is the date by which 
the required $650,000 is to be raised 
for the building. A total of $349,725 
in cash and faith-promises has been re- 
ceived to date. 

A beautiful, black, Sheaffer desk 
pen set, inscribed with a picture of the 
library and the words, In Appreciation, 
will be sent as a token of appreciation 
to all those subscribing to the faith- 
promise plan in the amount of $100 
or more between now and August, 

Mail your gifts and faith-promises 
to the Development Department, Grace 
College and Seminary, Winona Lake, 
Indiana 46590. 


February 8, 1969 

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3 Are Your Ears 

4 France — Crossroads 
of Europe 

7 If the Computer 
Picked You? 

8 Help Wanted 

9 Children's Page 

10 New Workers 

11 Sound Doctrine 
Church News 

13 Worldscope 

14 Laymen's Page 

15 "Are Diamonds . . . ?" 

17 Past, Present, Future 

18 Steps to Brazil 
"Whipped Cream . . ." 
SMM Officers Testify 

24 Pick of the Vital Books 

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Clyde K. Landrum, Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions — Rev. John W. Zielasko 

Grace Schools — Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

Home Missions — Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

SMM— Miss Donna Hawboker 

Laymen — Mr. Harold Jones 

February 8, 1969 


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Brethren Missionary Herald 

The Editor Speaks . . . 

By Clyde K. Landrum 

I Are 

Burning ? 

There is an old saying that when 
your ears are burning, someone is talk- 
ing about you. 

We might well ask the institutional 
church, "Are your ears burning?" For 
many, many people both verbally and 
in print are, in fact, talking about this 
establishment. Some are saying that it 
is in trouble, others are saying that un- 
less it does an about-face it is doomed. 
Still others say its days are numbered. 
Which of these statements, if indeed 
any, is correct? What is all the fuss 

Of one thing we can be certain: 
the true worldwide church of Jesus 
Christ is here to stay until Christ comes 
for her; it cannot fail. And the Bible 
which predicts the true church's ulti- 
mate success is here to stay, even 
though someone has said, "The age of 
the Book is over." 

But what of the organizational, in- 
stitutional church? It is indeed in 
trouble, deep trouble. With this many 
will disagree, but let us face the facts. 
Denomination after denomination is 
turning from the message of the Refor- 
mation: "Wholly by grace; wholly 
through Christ; wholly by faith; wholly 
in Scripture." Many of these denom- 
inations, though advocating strength 
through mergers, are abandoning the 
message of salvation through Christ 
alone— plus nothing, wherein lies the 
potential strength of the church. As 
a result many are claiming that another 
reformation is past due. 

The so-called evangelical church is 
waning in its zeal to carry the Gospel 
to others. Discouraging statistical re- 
ports indicate this clearly. There is a 
lessening of concern not only for the 
lost but for the members of the body 
of Christ. Too many are depending 
upon the baby sitter and the nursing 
home to solve the problems of youth 
and old age. A paralyzing indifference 

is resulting from present-day affluence. 

The ecumenical movement has 
swung to an extreme position on social 
service; the evangelical segment of the 
church has gone in the opposite di- 
rection. We go to great expense to 
preach the Gospel to Mexicans south 
of the border, but it is extremely 
difficult for a Mexican to rent a decent 
apartment in the area where I live. 
Praise the Lord for young people who 
volunteer to go to Africa to reach the 
"Blacks" there. But what about our 
situation at home where many evangel- 
icals will sell home and church to get 
away from them here in the USA! 
The institutional church is really in 
trouble under such circumstances. 

What is the answer? No one has it 
fully. But surely there is great need 
for a reclaiming of our first love, that 
genuine concern for the souls of peo- 
ple and for their well-being. There is a 
desperate need for all of us to get in- 
volved in praying with and for people, 
thereby seeking to manifest Christian 
love to them. The world has seen too 
much sham in this area. And there is an 
urgent need for over-worked pastors 
to cease being administrators and to 
enter upon a full preaching and train- 
ing program in depth to train laymen 
to go out as lay preachers of the Gos- 
pel to reach people for Christ. We 
just must see our laymen more active 
in this type of ministry if the institu- 
tional church is to survive. Why not 
have laymen and their wives "adopt" 
unsaved couples with a view of seeing 
them come to know Christ as Saviour? 

Yes, the ears of the institutional 
church are burning today. People are* 
talking much about it. It is time that 
we stopped talking and began doing 
something constructive and positive 
about helping to make the church the 
great institution that God expects it 
to be. ▼ 

ebruary 8, 1969 


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r^ quick glance at the map will 
reveal why France is called "The Cross- 
roads of Europe." From the twentieth 
century back to the days of Julius 
Caesar-whose exploits in Gaul form 
the homework of many a Latin stu- 
dent—all the major currents of Euro- 
pean history have touched this coun- 

Though France is only twice the 
size of Colorado, its influence is far 
out of proportion to its size. Consider- 
ing its defeat in the Second World 
War and the political and economic in- 
stability which followed, many wonder 
why France has retained its voice as a 
world power. The answer in part is its 
history. Names common to every 
schoolboy-Charlemagne, Joan of Arc, 
Pascal, Louis XIV, Napoleon, Pasteur, 
to name a few— form France's heritage 
and explain why the world still listens 
when France speaks. Someone has 
said that the great ideas of the modern 
world were either born in France or 
were developed there. 

The culture and history of France 
attract thousands of tourists to its 
borders. But if tourists are still will- 
ing to brave Gallic indifference, com- 
plications, and high prices in order to 
see France, it is because there is more 
to this country than a glorious past; 
few countries can rival its beauty. Not 
only does it have the greatest variety 
of scenery in Europe, this variety 
is blended together in an exquisite 
harmony that makes France a scenic 
symphony. A trip of only several 
hours will take the tourist from the 
awesome glaciers of Mont Blanc to the 
sunny beaches of the Mediterranean, 
bordered with graceful palms. 

Over fifty million people live in 
France. Approximately a fifth of them 
are packed together in one place-Paris 
and its sprawling suburbs. Another 
large segment of the population lives in 
the tiny villages that dot the country- 
side, some 38,000 in all. The contrast 
between the sophisticated Parisian and 
the village peasant is striking, but one 
is as truly French as the other. 

Every Frenchman is a philosopher 
in miniature, even the mechanic who 
works on your car, and has strong 
ideas on most subjects. The educated 
Frenchman, whose training and lan- 
guage permit him to think quickly and 
accurately, is often able to discern a 
half-dozen sides to a question while 

others are content to see two. 

Paradoxically, this ingenuity pro- 
vides the background for what is per- 
haps the greatest weakness of France. 
Though the French are able to analyze 
problems, they find it difficult to agree 
on solutions or to put solutions into 
practice. Extreme individualism and 
lack of discipline are a bane to collec- 
tive effort; De Gaulle once exclaimed 
that it was impossible to govern a 
people who had more than 350 varie- 
ties of cheese. 

Economically, France is among the 
rich countries of the world. Though 
the franc suffered massive devaluation 
before and after the war, present aus- 
terity measures seem to have curbed 
the threat of a new devaluation. Liv- 
ing standards have risen dramatically 
during the past ten years, in spite of 
high prices and low wages. The com- 
plaint of most is that their abusive 
taxation-representing over half of the 
nation's revenues-is slow in producing 
domestic improvements, such as better 
highways, better telephone service, and 
more housing. 

The religion of France is Roman 
Catholicism. First missionary efforts 
began in the second century with the 
evangelization of the Roman colonies 
along the Rhone. In the years that fol- 

lowed France became Christianized, 
but with a Christianity increasingly re- 
moved from the Scriptures. 

In the sixteenth century, thousands 
manifested their dissatisfaction with 
the apostasy and political intrigues of 
the Roman church by becoming Protes- 
tant. But these "Huguenot" Christians 
met severe persecution, suffered wars 
and deprivation, and finally were forced 
to flee their country or else abdicate 
their new faith. Today only two per- 
cent of France's population is Protes- 
tant Reformed, most of them belong- 
ing to churches strongly influenced by 
neo-orthodox and ecumenical tenden- 

Though some eighty percent of the 
people of France are baptized Catho- 
lics, estimates of those who are faith- 
ful in their religion vary from ten per- 
cent to thirty percent. In the village 
of Saint-Albain, for example, only one 
person out of the four hundred inhabi- 
tants goes faithfully to Sunday mass, 
held in a neighboring town. The vast 
majority of Frenchmen are without 
personal faith in God. Many are 
avowed atheists, heirs of the godless 
"Enlightenment" which swept France 
after the failure of the Reformation. 

For many years some Christians 
have recognized France as a mission 

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field. Evangelistic efforts in the last 
century from Switzerland and England 
bore much fruit, and most of the 
Baptist, Plymouth Brethren, and other 
evangelical movements today are the 
result of this work, as is much of what 
is now Protestant Reformed. Pente- 
costals have also been active, having 
the greatest number of churches of 
any of the evangelical movements. 

Only since the war, however, have 
American Christians awakened to the 
spiritual needs of Europe, and these 
years have been marked by missionary 
activity. As yet, unfortunately, this 
postwar missionary work has produced 
little lasting fruit. Missionaries com- 
ing to France must learn to face mas- 
sive indifference which makes contacts 
extremely difficult to find, must seek 
a more effective communication of 
Christ than is possible with many of 
the impersonal and unrealistic methods 
brought over from America, and must 
learn to project the image of a united 
body of Christ rather than that of a 
multiplicity of competing sects. 

Brethren work began in France in 
1951 with the arrival of the Fred 
Fogle family. After language study in 
Paris they began work in Lyon, and 
within a few years had opened the 
Centre Evangelique, a preaching center 
in the heart of the city. In addition to 
other evangelistic efforts, Mr. Fogle 
constructed a portable hall in which 
he held meetings in various parts of 
Lyon and other cities. The Fogies 
spent three terms in France; Mr. Fogle 
is presently professor of missions in 
the Grace Schools at Winona Lake, 

Andre Bodinier putting the 
finishing touches on a new 
wall and staircase in a 
corner of the Chateau 


The Tom Miens arrived in late 
1958, and after study in Geneva and 
Grenoble they assumed the responsi- 
bility of the Lyon work while engaging 
in other evangelistic efforts in the 
Grenoble area. By the end of their 
first term plans had been formulated 
for a basic change in the France ap- 
proach, using a neutral center as a 
bridge between the Frenchman and the 
church. In 1964 this led to the acquisi- 
tion of the Chateau of Saint-Albain, a 
fourteenth-century structure formerly 
belonging to Catholic bishops. The 
Chateau is presently the center of 
Brethren work in France. 

Jim and Joyce Renick arrived at 
the Chateau in 1967 to direct the work 
during the Juliens' furlough. They are 
presently living in Macon, a nearby 
city, and are in charge of Bible classes 

and contact work in addition to con- 
tinuing to share in the Chateau activi- 
ties. A French couple, Monsieur et 
Madame Bodinier, plus a cadet mission- 
ary, David Barnhart, complete the 
present staff. Former cadet mission- 
aries were Dan Hammers, Larry De- 
Armey, and Bob Hanson. 

The goal of the Chateau work is 
the establishment of churches— a task 
which has proved difficult in modern 
France. To reach that goal people 
must be won to Christ and nurtured in 
the faith. To this end the mission has 
a full program of rallies for youth and 
adolescents, activities for families, Bible 
classes, and Sunday morning services 
in Macon. 

The Chateau approach is an experi- 
ment in evangelism in France, attempt- 
ing to avoid the lack of continuity 
from a home-centered ministry on the 
one hand, and the artificiality of having 
a church building without a church 
on the other. Four years have passed 
since the Chateau opened its doors, 
years during which hundreds of lives 
have been touched, and some lives 
have been transformed. As yet, how- 
ever, the goal has not been reached, 
and will not be until French leadership 
is developed which will replace the 
leadership of the missionaries. 

Coming days will be crisis days for 
France. And days of crisis are some- 
times days of spiritual awakening. Does 
the Chateau of Saint-Albain have a 
spiritual destiny— an important role to 
play in the evangelization of this coun- 
try? Your intercession will help de- 
termine the answer to this question. 



Dave Barnhart 


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By Rev. John W. Zielasko 

"And I sought for a man among 
them, that should make up the hedge, 
and stand in the gap before me for 
the land, that I should not destroy it: 
but I found none" (Ezekiel 22:30). 
How does one search for men? Or, 
that which is even more crucial to our 
purpose: how does one convince men 
that they should identify themselves 
with the ministry of our Lord? In the 
Ezekiel account God says that His 
search was in vain. History is repeating 
itself. There is no statistic more star- 
tling, no graph more distressing than 
that which depicts the rapid drop in 
personnel engaged in the full-time min- 
istry of the church and her outreach 
responsibilities. The tragic spectacle of 
empty pulpits and empty missionary 
assignments is cause for great concern. 
Where are the men? 

A recent story based on interna- 
tional intrigue portrays government 
agents in search of a man to help them 
substitute false documents and recover 
valuable government property from the 
briefcase of an enemy agent. Not any 
man will do, for the escapade must be 
carried out without the spy suspecting 
what has taken place until he is back 
in his own country. The needed quali- 
fications are fed into a computer and 
seconds later a card drops into a slot. 
The machine selected the only avail- 
able man with the necessary qualifi- 
cations. For love of country he is 

persuaded to forego his own personal 
plans momentarily, to place his life in 
jeopardy and involve himself in a dan- 
gerous game. In this case the evidence 
is so overwhelming that he is the only 
one capable of doing the job that he 
accepts the assignment. 

I suppose it is possible to program 
a machine with the names of every 
Christian in the United States, and list 
sufficient information about them so 
that all one needs to do is press a but- 
ton when in search of a man for a 
particular ministry. But would that 
search result in a favorable reaction 
from the man chosen? What would 
your response be if you were selected 
in this manner for an empty church 
pulpit or one of the vacant missionary 
posts? It is doubtful that shortages 
exist because men feel unqualified. 
Well, then, what does it take to en- 
courage applicants? 

Added to the problem is the com- 
petition in this search for men. Big 
business is actively engaged in search- 
ing. Recruiters appear on college cam- 
puses before graduation and select the 
students they want to interview. Sal- 
aries, benefits, privileges, opportunities, 
and the prestige that comes to one who 
is identified with their particular com- 
pany are all paraded before the gradu- 
ate to inflate his ego. The search does 
produce gifted men for American in- 

In the field of sports men are active- 
ly sought. Scouts tour the sporting 
events constantly on the lookout for 
talent that will produce winning teams. 
Coveted players receive personal visits 
by scouts, coaches, and even college 
presidents to convince the athlete that 
he is the one they are seeking. 

Science seeks men. Scholarships 
and grants are offered for research 
projects in order to attract the "braini- 
est" of men. 

The U.S. military in its search for 
men merely alerts the machinery of 
the local draft boards across the coun- 
try and men are siphoned into military 

Yes, searches are being made for 
men, and there seems to be no lack of 
opportunity for those who meet the 
qualifications. Jobs are plentiful; sal- 
aries are great. 

But in the most important realm 
there is a sad lack— for God, too, is 
searching for men. Each year that 
search is becoming less productive. Not 
only are men not responding to God's 
call, but many are forsaking their call- 
ing. U. S. News & World Report for 
December 9, 1968, reports that men 
are leaving the ministry by the thou- 
sands. The school recruiter, the office 
of economic opportunity in Washing- 
ton (now commonly called the "office 
of ecclesiastical opportunity"), "spe- 
cialized ministries," business— all seem 

February 8, 1969 

to get to the man with offers which 
appear much more attractive than the 
ministry or the mission field. The god 
of materialism is well established on 
his throne. 

It is increasingly more difficult for 
the Church to compete with the stan- 
dard of living, the security, and the 
fringe benefits demanded by men. 
According to the thinking of the 
majority, the pulpit or the mission 
field does not offer the economic se- 
curity of many other types of work, 
nor do they now carry the prestige 
that they once did. The preacher is no 
longer a really important man in the 
community. And, the missionary no 
longer can count on the respect once 
demanded under colonialism. Why 
try to lead men to God when they 
would rather forget that He exists? 
Why go to foreign cultures when you 
are not wanted? Why endure the 
trials and sufferings of a mission field 
when there are so many other oppor- 
tunities to be helpful to humanity? 

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Could these be the questions which 
cause men to hesitate when God calls? 
If so, it is a sad commentary on the 
spiritual poverty of our generation. 
Must the search for men be in vain? 
Surely there are Christians who can 
still hear the call of God. Surely there 
are men who like Abraham, Moses, and 
Paul believe that the will of God for 
their earthly lives is of more impor- 
tance than life itself (Phil. 1:21; I John 

Can you, dear reader— blessed of 
God and possessed of the qualifications 

necessary to do the job— can you look 
at the empty pulpits of The Brethren 
Church and not be concerned? Can 
you, yea, dare you contemplate the list 
of personnel needs noted here and 
still determine not to get involved? 

Africa pleads for men. Is it right 
that only one doctor should carry the 
burden of responsibility for our total 
medical outreach, or that the schools 
preparing pastors should be threatened 
with an inadequate program due to the 
lack of teachers? 

In Argentina there have been no 
additions since 1963, when the newest 
missionaries now there entered lan- 
guage school, and yet Argentina is in- 
creasingly more responsive to the Gos- 

San Juan, Puerto Rico; Mexico City, 
Mexico; and Buenos Aires, Argentina 
are large, growing cities that The Breth- 
ren Church has embraced as a part of 
her mission outreach. Still the search 
for men continues. Who will answer: 
"Here am I; send me" (Isaiah 6:8). ▼ 


"I sought for a man . . . 

"Here am I; 




(Both French and Sango 
required for most positions): 

No. needed 

Bible preparatory school teachers . . 2 
Single ladies— village and church 

visitation for women's and 

girls' program 2 

Bookkeeper-business manager .... 1 
Teacher for Missionary 

Children's School 1 

Typists 2 

Physicians-surgeons 3 

Dentist (oral surgeon) 1 

Dental technician 1 

Nurses 3 

Builder 1 

Church development 

missionaries 5 

Girls school teachers 2 

Teachers-School of Theology .... 2 


(Spanish required) 

Business manager 1 

Single lady for Bible corre- ■ 

spondence work— radio 

follow-up 1 

Bible Institute teacher 1 

Missionary pastors 2 


(Portuguese required) 

Business manager 1 

Church development 

missionaries Unspecified 


(French required) ' 
Missionary couples Unspecified 


(German required) 
Missionary couples Unspecified 


(Spanish required) 

For Mexico City— general 

missionary 1 couple . 

For El Paso— 

self-supporting 2 couples j 

Bible Institute teacher 1 , 


(Spanish required) 

Missionary couple 1 


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Mrs. John Mayes, wife of the pastor of First Copenhaver, Jerry Mcintosh; middle row: Kaylene 

Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Washington, is the Fisher, Miriam Joyce Ruppert, Judy White, Paula 

leader of a new MHC which began in that church Howell; bottom row: Danel Bussert, Kathy Bridg- 

last summer. mari) Rodney Burkepile, Kirk Ruppert, Debbie 

The Sunnyside MH'ers include-top row, left to Rosberg. 
right: Kevin Fisher, Paul Copenhaver, Marsha 

















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• ublicity has been going out to 
the National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches concerning the proposed es- 
tablishment of a Brethren work in the 
land of Germany with Rev. and Mrs. 
Roger Peugh being under appointment 
as the first couple to go into this work. 
A comprehensive article covering the 
situation under the title of "Germany 
and the Gospel of Christ," by Roger D. 
Peugh, appeared in the Missionary Her- 
ald for December 14, 1968. 

This coming June is the target date 
for the departure of the Peugh family 
for Germany. Brethren congregations 
are being invited to assist these new 
missionaries by contributing to their 
outfit fund and total support needs. 

Roger Peugh is from Harrah, Wash- 
ington, and grew up in the Brethren 
church there. He is a graduate of both 
Grace College and Grace Theological 
Seminary, and during his seminary 
years he served as associate pastor of 
the Elkhart, Indiana, Grace Brethren 

Nancy Peugh comes from Akron, 
Ohio, and her home church is the First 
Brethren Church there. She, too, is a 
graduate of Grace College, and during 
the three years of her husband's semi- 
nary training she was a teacher in the 
Bourbon, Indiana, elementary school. 
Roger and Nancy have recently wel- 
comed an addition to their family, 
their first child, a son, Ryan Douglas, 
born on December 21, 1968. 

Roger's original interest in Germany 
came as the result of a visit to that 
country as a member of a Youth for 
Christ Teen Team during his college 
years. Later he spent seven months in 
Germany working in Berlin with YFC. 
This past fall he was a member of the 
team which made an investigative trip 
to Germany at the request of the 
Foreign Missionary Society board of 
trustees. Since then he has taken part 
in missionary conferences in the East, 
and beginning this month he will be 
working in conferences in the West, 
presenting the challenge of the new 
field. ▼ 


Brethren Missionary Herald, 

I wo young men have just walked 
past our home here in Adrogue, Argen- 
tina. They are engaged in literature 
distribution but theirs is not related to 
the Gospel. It has to do with the 
teachings of the Church of the Latter 
Day Saints, otherwise known as Mor- 
mons. What these men are doing here 
could be duplicated all over the coun- 

Any holiday or weekend one can 
see countless others with their brief- 
cases full of books from Watchtower 
in New York, seeking to find entrance 
into the homes for their erroneous 

Over the radio comes a program 
entitled, "The Bible Speaks to You." 
Sounds good, doesn't it? But wait a 
moment, for there is very little Bible 
in it since it comes direct from the 
Mother Church in Boston. 

Still another program by radio offers 
its listeners correspondence courses in 
the study of the Bible. Many are de- 
ceived, and they enroll only to become 
enslaved under the Law. 

Evangelical believers hear on all 
sides the statement that it does not 
matter to what church one belongs, 
or really even what one believes, and 
that we are all one now. Ecumenicism 
is going strong in Argentina— among a 
number of evangelical denominations 
as well as between these churches and 
the official religion of this land. Every- 
thing is love and cooperation. 

Recently there has arisen another 
group within the evangelical churches. 
Its leaders claim to be more spiritual 
than their brethren due to particular 
experiences which they have had. As 
a result, churches, families and friends 
have been divided and the testimony 

of the Gospel brought into disrepute 
in many places. 

Truly we would seem to be living 
in the days of which Paul wrote many 
centuries ago, days when men will not 
endure sound doctrine. And yet sound 





Mr. Maconaghy is a mission- 
ary in Argentina. He and Mrs. 
Maconaghy operate a Christian 
bookstore in Lomas, in the great- 
er Buenos Aires area. 

doctrine is the only remedy which will 
keep people in this land from being 
ensnared and taken to perdition by the 
false teachings of men, and which will 
protect His people from the subtle 
teachings being propagated today. 

Literature— the printed page— is a 
weapon which is being cleverly used 
by the enemy with no small success 
in our times. Hence, the necessity of 
the hour in Argentina is sound doc- 
trinal literature. We praise God that 
there is such literature in Spanish. 
There is need for more. It needs to be 
placed into the hands of the people. 
What wonderful results will happen, 

when this is done. 

One day a lady missionary came in- 
to our bookstore. Among the books 
which she purchased was one entitled, 
Strange Tongues. Working in northern 
Argentina, she had occasion to give it 
to a man who was becoming confused 
and led away by the charismatic move- 
ment. The Lord used that book to 
convince him that these things are not 
for today. His confusion disappeared 
and he is now a happy and growing 

Another believer, who before his 
conversion was a militant communist, 
began to have strange and erroneous 
interpretations of many portions of 
the Scriptures. Being accustomed as 
he was in his former life to propagate 
his ideas, he became a potential danger 
to the church of which he was a mem- 
ber. A lover of books, one day in an 
evangelical bookstore he purchased 
one which caused him to see that he 
might be mistaken in some of his in- 
terpretations. After that it was possi- 
ble, through our own Brethren book- 
store, to place good, sound doctrinal 
literature in his hands. The reading of 
these books together with his Bible 
brought a great change in his life. He 
holds regular meetings in his home for 
the study of the Word, and invites his 
neighbors and acquaintances. Several 
have already been saved and are grow- 
ing in the Lord. 

We trust that through what we have 
written, the readers of this article may 
see the great necessity of sound doc- 
trinal literature in Argentina, and that 
they may pray and support our two 
bookstores which are endeavoring to 
get such literature into the hands of 
the people. ▼ 

Sound Doctrine 
in Literature 

February 8, 1969 


Jan. 5, Rev. Bill Stevens of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Gardena, Calif., 
and Rev. Frank Dunigan, pastor of the 
Hacienda Heights Brethren Church, ex- 
changed pulpits for the morning wor- 
ship service. Rev. Stevens had the joy 
of leading a young woman to Christ 
following the service at Hacienda 
Heights. Frank Dunigan, pastor. 

Glee Club of Moody Bible Institute 
held a sacred concert at the Grace 
Brethren Church on Jan. 18. The pro- 
gram included traditional hymns, gos- 
pel songs, and contemporary anthems. 
The director, Vann Trapp, is a featured 
soloist on the school's national broad- 
cast and a religious recording artist. 
John M. Aeby, pastor. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. Within the 
past two months, the Hagerstown Grace 
Brethren Church has acquired two ad- 
tional properties for Sunday-school 
expansion. The two lots next to the 
parsonage have been acquired to be 
utilized as headquarters for the junior 
and senior high school departments. 
The kitchen in one house will also lend 
itself nicely to teen social activities. 
Robert Collin, pastor. 

ren High School is in the process of 
constructing a new gymnasium. The 
footer and cement floor have already 
been constructed, and the walls are in 
the process of being poured. 

NORWALK, CALIF. The singing 
of the Chinese for Christ Hong Kong 
Blind Choir was enjoyed at both morn- 
ing and evening services on Jan. 12. 
The group had a thrilling and inspiring 
testimony for Christ and His love. The 
WMC was privileged to visit the Breth- 
ren Messianic Testimony to again ac- 
quaint itself with the program and 
possible needs of the mission. Christ- 
mas gifts of cake mixes and a much 
needed coffee pot were presented to 
the mission. W. Stanley Jensen, pastor. 

CHANGE. Rev. Donald D. Furrow 
notes a change of address to 392 S. 
Spencer, Upland, Calif. 91786. Please 
change your Annual. 

RIALTO, CALIF. There were five 
confessions of faith and 38 rededica- 
tions of life during the New Life Cru- 
sade at the Rialto Brethren Church 
with Rev. Allen Herr as the evangelist. 
Gerald Polman, pastor. 

March Bible 
Reading Calendar 


1 NUM. 26,27 

2 NUM. 28,29 

3 NUM. 30,31 

4 NUM. 32,33 

5 NUM. 34,35,36 

6 DEUT. 1,2 

7 DEUT. 3, 4 

8 DEUT. 5, 6, 7 

9 DEUT. 8,9,10 

10 DEUT. 11,12,13 

11 DEUT. 14,15,16 

12 DEUT. 17,18.19 

13 DEUT. 20,21,22 

14 DEUT. 23,24,25 

16 DEUT 

16 DEUT 

17 DEUT. 

18 DEUT. 

19 DEUT. 




21 JOSHUA 4,5,6 

22 JOSHUA 7,8 

23 JOSHUA 9,10 

24 JOSH. 11, 12, 13 

25 JOSHUA 14,15 

26 JOSH. 16, 17, 18 

27 JOSHUA 19,20 

28 JOSHUA 21,22 

29 JOSHUA 23,24 

30 JUDGES 1»2 

31 JUDGES 3,4,5 






































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BERNE, IND. John W. Burkhart, 
financial secretary of the Bethel Breth- 
ren Church, was named the 1969 Out- 
standing Young Farmer of the Berne 
area recently by the Berne Jaycees. He 
will participate in the State OYF con- 
test to be held later this year. Kenneth 
E. Russell, pastor. 

NOTICE. All those desiring to 
have their 1968 issues of the Brethren 
Missionary Herald bound in book form 
should have them in the Herald office 
by March 1, 1969. The price for 
binding is S6.50 if you furnish copies. 
We will furnish copies and bind them 
for S7.50, postage paid. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. Rev. Lester 
E. Pifer. Field Secretary for the Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council, attended 
the President's Prayer Breakfast here 
January 30. 



Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

HAGUE, Mabel, a member of the 
Fremont, Ohio. Grace Brethren Church 
passed away recently. J.Ward Tressler, 

HOOVER, Dorothy, a member of 
the La Loma Grace Brethren Church, 
Modesto, Calif., slipped quietly into 
the presence of the Lord Dec. 24 after 
a prolonged illness. J. Paul Miller, 

KILGUS, Ray, a faithful member of 
the Fremont, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
Church went to be with the Lord Jan. 
14. J. Ward Tressler, pastor. 

ZIMMERMAN, Edwin R., a mem- 
ber of the Dayton, Ohio, First Breth- 
ren Church since 1912, passed away on 
Oct. 1 1. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 



Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 

for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 





Bellflower, Calif. 

Feb. 9-14 

Edwin Cashman 

Nathan Meyer 

Bellflower, Calif. 

Feb. 11-16 

Edwin Cashman 

Ken and Marge 

San Jose, Calif. 

Feb. 16-21 

Lew Ingwaldson 

Nathan Meyer 

San Diego, Calif. 

Feb. 23-28 

Henry Dalke 

Nathan Meyer 

Trotwood, Ohio 

Mar. 2-9 

Charles Lawson 

Bill Smith 

Hagerstown, Md. 


Mar. 16-23 

A. Harold Arrington 

Jim Dixon 

Covington, Ohio 

Mar. 16-23 

Ralph Miller 

Allen Herr 


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NEW YORK (EP)-Property housing the world headquarters of -the Christian and Missionary Alliance 
and its mother church, the Gospel Tabernacle, has been put up for sale here. 

The headquarters for the 100,000-member denomination needs room for expansion and is tentatively 
set to relocate in Nyack, N.Y., where it has acreage and maintains a college. 

The Gospel Tabernacle, whose pastor, the Rev. Robert W. Battles, announced the move toward sale, 
will move to a former German Evangelical Reformed church building on the East Side. 

Eighty years old, the Tabernacle and denomination offices are now on West 44 St., in the Times 
Square area. Several million dollars worth of property is involved. 

Pastor Battles, 57, said the Tabernacle would not flee to the suburbs. Jesus appealed to the shepherd- 
less multitudes and "we deliberately choose to stay where the people are." 

The Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination was begun in 1881 by Dr. Albert Benjamin 
Simpson. He established the Tabernacle with less than three dozen members. 

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (EP)-The "Warren Court" which barred prayer and Bible read- 
ing from public schools when formalized by local boards, has not been an "anti-religion" 
tribunal, a University of Michigan law professor said here. 

Prof. Paul G. Kauper said the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Earl Warren, "has 
been sensitive and hospitable to claims made in the name of religious liberty." A "fair" 
reading of the court's opinions "should dispel the notion that it has been hostile to 
religion," he said. 

The same week Robert M. Shelton, Imperial Wizard of the United Klans of America 
in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, lambasted the court for "blatantly upholding the rights of com- 
munists and communist organizations and activities such as the notorious NAACP, the 
open subversion of the many black militant organizations and the recent dismissal by 
the Supreme Court of all evidence gathered by a special Congressional Committee 
proving beyond any reasonable doubt the uncontested guilt of Adam Clayton Powell of 
actually defrauding the U. S. Government of $40,000. . . ." 

The court refused to hear the case of Robert M. Shelton vs the United States of 
America. This means unless the Alabaman is paroled he must pay S 1 ,000 and serve a 
year in jail for alleged action against the civil rights of other Americans. 

QUITO, Ecuador (EP)-"Lucho," South America's famous motion picture and 
:elevision star, is now appearing over HCJB's missionary television channel and preach- 
ng the Gospel wherever called. 

After starring in six motion picture smash hits in two years he turned his back on 
fame and fortune and gave his heart to Christ on New Year's Eve, 1967 "for the more 
jrilliant career that Jesus offers." 

WASHINGTON, D.C. Evangelist Billy Graham is shown offering prayer for the nation at the inaugura- 
ion of Richard Milhouse Nixon as the 37th American President. Standing behind the podium are (from 
eft) Mrs. Nixon, Chief Justice Earl Warren, former President Lyndon B. Johnson, President Nixon, Vice- 
'resident Spiro T. Agnew, and former Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey. (Photo by Russ Busby) 

: ebruory 8, 1969 



The National Fellowship of 
Brethren Laymen 

Harold Jones, Editor 


Robert Riffle was reared in Aleppo, 
Pa., and is a former member of the 
Aleppo Brethren Church. In 1957 he 
united with the Grace Brethren Church 
of Washington, Pa. He is active in the 
local church program, and each year 
he reserves a week of vacation to assist 
in the district youth camp. Mr. Riffle 
has held offices in local laymen's 
groups, and has served as an officer 
with the Allegheny district laymen. 
He is employed by the Manufacturers 
Light and Heat Company as a pressure 
regulator specialist. 

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Laymen of the Grace Brethren 
Church in Lake Odessa, Mich., had 
their first laymen's meeting Oct. 17, 
1968. On Nov. 3, National Laymen's 
Sunday, the laymen of the church con- 
ducted the morning service. Special 
music for the service was furnished by 
the laymen's choir and a quartet. Mes- 
sages were brought by three of the 

Laymen of the Calvary Brethren 
Church of Alto, Mich., were in charge 
of the morning worship service on 
National Laymen's Sunday. Dr. L. F. 
Finkel brought the message, and the 
Capitolaires of Lansing brought the 
evening message in song. 


Installation service of the new offi- 
cers was held for the Northwest district 
laymen. Left to right: Rev. Charles H. 
Winter, pastoral advisor; Sidney Tut- 
tle, secy.-treas.; Willard Crews, pres.; 
Lyle Holmes, 1st vice pres.; Soren Jen- 
sen, 2nd vice pres.; Doug Weinmann, 
3rd vice pres. Not present was John 
Comstock, 4th vice pres. There were 
65 men and boys present for the fall 
retreat held at Camp Clear Lake in 
November. Dr. Charles W. Mayes of 
Long Beach, Calif., was the special 
guest speaker. A generous sprinkling 
of snow on the ground enhanced the 
retreat for the younger generation, 
but provided a measure of "snowball 
misery" for the laymen. 


Robert Gordon (right), treasurer, 
presenting a check for $135 from the 
Northcentral Ohio district laymen to 
the national treasurer, Fred Peters, at 
the Nov. district rally. There were 230 
in attendance. 


Jim Knepper, president of the 
Northern Atlantic district laymen, is 
shown presiding at the business session 
of the district rally which was held at 
the Manheim (Pa.) Grace Brethren 
Church. A delicious banquet was en- 
joyed by the laymen. The speaker for 
the rally was Dr. Ralph Stoll of the 
Grace Baptist Church, Lancaster, Pa. 
Allen F. Zook, reporter. 


The Southern Ohio Fellowship of 
Brethren Men held a rally on Jan. 11, 
in the Grace Brethren Church at Trot- 
wood, Ohio, with Ed Jackson, national 
president, as speaker for the evening. 

A rally is planned for Apr. 12, at 
the Brookville church with Dr. Elton 
Hall, physicist scientist at the Battelle 
memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, 
as the speaker. Harold D. Hyre is dis- 
trict president. 

Pictured above are men wearing the new burgundy blazers at the Northcentral Ohio 
district rally. These blazers are known as "The Brethren Men's Blazers" which have been 
adopted by the National Fellowship of Brethren Laymen. These blazers can be worn to all ' 
local, district and national activities. Mail your order today to Fred Peters, Treasurer, 1022 
Arch St., Ashland, Ohio 44805. I nclude size desired, and whether regular, short or long, and j 
your check or money order for $29.95. Indicate on your check "for blazer." The emblem 
will be extra, and we will advise you later as to cost. We are looking forward to the men 
wearing their blazers at national conference in August. Men wearing the blazers, from left to 
right are: Dave Watson, Mike Mecurio, Fred Peters, Ed Jackson (national president), Russell 
Enzor, Harold Jones and Marion Forrest. 


Brethren Missionary Herald' 


Best Friend? 

God Is. 

By Patty Johnson 

Vernon W. Schrock is all wrapped 
'up in diamonds. 

He sells them, he wears them, he's 
talked about them all over the United 
States hundreds of times. 

Are diamonds Vern Schrock's best 


God is. 

Mr. Schrock, a Waterloo, Iowa resi- 
dent, has a four-carat diamond on his 
left hand and a well-worn New Testa- 
ment inside his coat. To him, diamonds 
and devotion are as compatible as 
Christmas and Christ. 

The Christmas season is the only 
time he has to be at home with 
his wife, Loreta. The rest of the year 
.he's either working nights in the jewel- 
ry store to make up for time he doesn't 
consider lost on his travels— or speaking 
(to everybody from service clubs to 
irosary society members about why 
(diamonds are like a man's faith. 

His speech on diamonds, adapted 
,for each audience, goes from a display 
of real diamonds and replicas, how 

"My crown is in my heart, not on my head; Nor to be seen: my crown is call'd content; 
Not deck'd with diamonds and Indian stones, A crown it is that seldom kings enjoy." 

—Shakespeare's "Henry VI" 

they are made and judged, to compar- 
ing the development of a diamond, 
through heat and pressure, to the emer- 
gence of a faith in the emulation of 
Christ's sacrifices. 

Mr. Schrock bears every outward 
semblance of a successful businessman. 
His white hair is cut in a crisp crew cut. 
He's well-barbered, well-tailored, with 
a quarter-carat diamond in his tie. 

But on a plane, in a car, or at a 
service station, Vern has been known 
to deliver so persuasive a plea for spiri- 
tual faith that he enriches both strang- 

In this portrait by Waterloo Daily 
Courier staff photographer Randy 
Dieter, Vernon Schrock holds 
an American Gem Society replica 
of the 245 carat Jubilee diamond. 

February 8, 1969 > 


ers and himself. 

"I hope I'm not a religious crack- 
pot," he says. "I don't buttonhole 
everybody I come in contact with. 
I've had friends for 35 years I don't 
talk about faith to-but I notice when 
tragedy strikes their families, they 
often ask me to come home with them 
and pray. 

"When I speak before a service 
club, I can pick out the man with the 
little smirk on his face. I know he 
doesn't want any part of what I'm talk- 
ing about. But you'd be surprised how 
some of them change their minds after- 

Now 57, this layman was born in 
North Dakota. He says even his father 
was a diamond cutter. "He mowed 
the infield at the ball park." 

The family moved to Waterloo when 
Vern was 12. He and his four brothers 
grew up here and some of them stayed. 
Albert, now retired from the John 
Deere Waterloo Tractor Works, is win- 
tering in Texas. Dr. Clyde Schrock 
practices medicine in New Rockford, 
North Dakota. Edwin of 722 Western 
Ave. is associated with Wilson & Co. 
The Rev. Lynn Schrock is a mission- 
ary in Argentina. 

Vern married the daughter of Cleve 
Miller who served on the Grace Schools 
board for many years. The couple has 
two daughters. Nancy, a teacher, is 
the wife of the Rev. Ralph Miller, pas- 
tor of First Brethren Church of Coving- 
ton, Ohio. Sally, a nurse, is the wife 
of Terry Kuntz, who has just graduated 
from the University of Minnesota. 

The girls' father never had a college 
education. He graduated from high 
school the year before the Depression, 
unprepared for a career and with an 
interest primarily in tinkering with 
clocks. On the strength of that, he 
found work at Cobb Jewelry Store. 
The next year, at the age of 18, he had 
his own corner in Page Pharmacy and 
stayed there until 1938. 

Then he moved into the Cedar Book 
Store location on E. Park Ave. before 
transferring to his present site at 512 
Sycamore St. in 1942. He'd taken a 
correspondence course in horology and 
was taught jewelry manufacture by 
local jewelers. 

Until 1938, Vern Schrock lived the 
story of most men's lives. He worked, 
he made a living, he went to church on 
Sunday. But that year, he became a 
charter member of the Christian Busi- 

Vernon Schrock (right) is honored at a recent convention of the Christian Business 
Men's Committee International. He served on the board of directors for three years. 

ness Men's Committee, organized by 
the late Graham Hay, then personnel 
manager for Blacks. 

That year, too, he attended a men's 
retreat at Clear Lake and decided to 
dedicate the rest of his life to his faith. 

Now he considers the store a means 
to an end. He works sometimes until 
the early hours in the morning to pro- 
vide enough income so that he can 
accept the constant call of speaking 
engagements. Now he talks more than 
100 times a year, not only at religious 
conferences but also at Rotary, Ki- 
wanis, Sertoma and other service clubs, 
to Catholic groups and to jewelers. 
Last year he was the speaker for more 
than 200 events, including 10 weekend 

Sometimes, Schrock says, his cus- 
tomers are crowded by the troubled 
strangers and friends who come to him 
for help-and hope. On a long day's 
journey on a succession of wrong 
flights, he helped a young soldier find 
the strength to face his Vietnam assign- 
ment, found a new friend in a steward- 
ess who accepted one of the pamphlets 
he distributes and turned a retiring 
master sergeant into a lay worker for a 
church in Los Angeles. 

When a highway patrolman gave 
him a ticket, Schrock gave the highway 
patrolman a pamphlet and paid his 

fine with a smile. At midnight in a 
men's room, he found a distraught 
teen-ager who had been drinking heavi- 
ly and sent him on his way rejoicing 
over a new courage. 

Schrock keeps in touch with dozens 
of such persons. They are more pre- 
cious to him than fine jewels. He be- 
lieves he is doing what God intended 
for him, but he also believes that he 
must never force his faith on an unwill- 
ing listener. 

He also believes that, because he's 
a merchant, he can sometimes reach 
those who recoil from a minister. 

"I don't try to take the place of a 
minister," he explains. "I do what I 
do because I'm a satisfied customer." 

Schrock has completed a three-year 
term on the national board of the 
Christian Business Men's Committee. 
He's also moderator of the Grace 
Brethren Church, and a director of the 
Home Missions Council of The Breth- 
ren Church. 

He tries to pattern his life after 
the verse in Revelation describing 

"Behold, I stand at the door, and 
knock: if any man hear my voice, and 
open the door, I will come in to 
him ..." ▼ 

-Reprinted by permission from the Wa- 
terloo Sunday Courier, Waterloo, Iowa 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

The "three dimensional 
experience" involves 
a "talking" point. 




Mrs. William H. Schaffer 

I he Three-Dimensional Experi- 
ence" is the title of an article which 
I read recently in the Command maga- 
zine. The message in this article en- 
couraged me by its simplicity, and it 
put a desire within me to examine 
more fully some of the treasures one 
gets in salvation. The promises for the 
victorious life in a Christian is what I 
desired to put into practice. Obvious- 
ly, salvation is not only a state of being 
resulting from being born again; it is 
also a continuous process and a future 

We as Christians have been accused 
of always talking about "being saved." 
Some wonder why this is true. There 
could be two reasons why a Christian 
would be talking about being saved. 
The first is a personal reason. If one 
has ever experienced Christ's forgive- 
ness, or in weakness been made strong 
by His power, or in loneliness learned 
the joy of His companionship; then 
one will never finish talking about the 
Lord and the salvation He offers. 
Then another reason the Christian 
would have to be talking about being 
saved is that the whole purpose of 
Jesus Christ's coming into the world 
was to save us. 

As one reads the New Testament, 
one finds that on page after page, it 
speaks about being saved. In the very 
first chapter of Matthew when Joseph 
was troubled because his beloved was 
with child out of wedlock, the angel 
of the Lord assured him that which was 
conceived in her womb was of the Holy 
Spirit. And Joseph was instructed to 
"call his name Jesus: for he shall save 
his people from their sins." 

Salvation in Jesus Christ-a state, a 
process, and a consummation— involves 
three prepositions. Jesus Christ died 
for me to save me, He wants to live in 
me to save me, and He yet plans to 
dwell with me to save me. He died 
for me-finished action. He wants to 
live in me— continuous process and He 
will dwell with me— future consum- 

Why did Jesus Christ die for me? 
To save me, once and for all, from the 
consequences of my sin. To save me 
from the judgment of God, the wrath 
of His holiness, from the penalty of sin 
and from everlasting destruction. I am 

not under the condemnation of the 
judgment of God to be eternally separ- 
ated from Him. 

Why does Jesus Christ want to live 
in me? What does He want to save me 
from by living in me? Not from the 
penalty of sin. He did that over 1900 
years ago. Using our theme verse 
(I John 5:4) "For whatsoever is born 
of God overcometh the world. . . ." 
We sense a sound of victory. Over- 
come means to get the "better of in 
any conflict or struggle. Jesus wants 
to live in me to save me from covetous- 
ness, from meanness, from all the evils 
round about me, and from the power 
of Satan. And positively Jesus Christ 
wants to save me by living in me-to be 
full-grown in Christ-to be righteous 
and loving, to be concerned about the 
lost, to be a loving wife and responsible 
mother, to be generous and concerned 
about His work first. The message of 
the cross is for the ones who are in the 
process, day after day, of being saved 
from the power of sin. He puts the 
power of His own risen life within me 
and by His imposition He puts the de- 
sire within me to be like Him. 

Finally, Christ is going to dwell 
with me. Why? To save me from 
the presence of sin, from temptation, 
from the evil consequences of sin. 
He says, "When I return, rejoice. Your 
total and complete salvation is drawing 
nigh." When we stand in the presence 
of Christ, we will be fully like Him. 

When we use the term salvation to 
mean primarily justification, a wrong 
impression is given to the church, the 
Bride of Christ. We should be con- 
cerned that our babies grow. The pur- 
pose of being born a baby is ultimately 
to become a mature individual. We 
don't say, "Wonderful, he is born and 
that finishes it." Many times this 
appears to be our attitude towards 
those who are born again in Christ. 
In our churches do our converts be- 
come healthy children of Christ, and 
then mature men and women of God? 
Are we ourselves growing in the things 
of Christ? 

Let's ask ourselves three questions. 

First, am I saved? If you have never 

accepted Christ, you are lost; for He is 

the only Saviour. There is no hope for 

(Continued on page 20) 

February 8, 1969 


QtepQ to Bmzil 

The Schwartzes' first term as mis- 
sionaries serving under the Foreign 
Missionary Society of The Brethren 
Church began in June of 1964, when 
my family and I boarded the jet liner 
in Los Angeles for our long flight to 
the vast land of Brazil. One might 
wonder what steps could have led up 
to such an event. 

The Lord saved me when I was a 
very young child, and I had the privi- 
lege of being reared in a Christian home 
as well as a good fundamental Bible- 
believing church, the First Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, California. My 
parents were faithful in taking me to 
Sunday school and church and were 
always anxious that my activities be 
centered in the church. I can account 
for many other influential spiritual 
leaders and teachers who continually 
directed and encouraged me in the 
Lord's way in my growing-up years. I 
remember these with thanksgiving and 
love in my heart. 

The outreach of the Gospel to 
other lands was also impressed upon 
me at an early age. It was always a 
highlight when Dr. Russell Barnard or 
some of the missionaries would visit 
our church with pictures or other 
presentations of the work on the mis- 
sion fields. However, I became per- 
sonally involved in missions in SMM 
when I learned the mission fields and 
missionaries by name and learned how 

By Mrs. 
Ralph Schwartz 

to pray for them. SMM also provided 
the opportunity to do something such 
as to give toward a special project or 
to roll bandages for the medical work 
in Africa. 

In my early teens I realized I had a 
lifetime before me which could be 
used in the Lord's service. At a sum- 
mer camp I presented myself to the 
Lord saying that I would serve Him 
anywhere that He sent me, even if it 
meant leaving family and friends and 
going to another country. 

My graduation from Brethren High 
School was followed by entry into 
Bob Jones University at Greenville, 
South Carolina. In the latter part of 
my college course I became acquainted 
with Ralph, who is now my husband. 
We were in the same Sunday-school 
class. He was one of the class officers 
and often had the opportunity to teach 
the lesson. Our paths began to cross 
often, and we discovered that in many 
ways our backgrounds were similar, 
both having been raised in Christian 
homes and Brethren churches. Ralph 
had entered the university with the in- 
tention of following a secular course 
of study, but before he completed his 
first year the Lord had called him to 
preach. And, not just to preach, but 

also to carry the glad tidings of our 
salvation to another land. He did not 
know where, but he knew that he was 
to be a missionary. Therefore, I felt 
that if the Lord would continue to en- 
twine our paths, this was His way of 
making His will known for my life. 

Graduation arrived with a BA. in 
Bible and education for Ralph and a 
B.S. in education for me, and then we 
were married. One more year was 
spent in Greenville while Ralph worked 
toward and received the M.A. in Chris- 
tian education. 

The following year found us in Cal- 
ifornia, and this time Ralph was en- 
rolled in Biola School of Missionary 
Medicine, where he was graduated from 
the practical nursing program. And 
during that year the Lord laid the 
field of Brazil on our hearts. 

By that time, school was a very old 
and tiresome story. But, seminary 
training was necessary. So, if that was 
to be the Lord's way, that was what 
we would do. And off we went to 
Winona Lake for three years. 

Ralph received his B.D. from Grace 
Theological Seminary in June of 1963. 
A year of preparation followed, invol- 
ving a great deal of traveling, visit- 
ing churches, gathering our outfit, and 
packing. Then, with our two little 
ones— Sharon and Curtis, who had been 
added to our number during those 
(Continued on page 20) 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Whipped Cream, 
Clouds, Tangelos, and Sand 

About three and one-half years ago 
we first set foot in Florida and had the 
unforgettable experience of feeling its 
sand in our shoes. It was June and the 
weather was hot, but we discovered 
that any patch of shade was comfort- 
able because of the prevailing pleasant 
breeze. We especially enjoyed the 
whipped cream clouds that seemed to 
be suspended from the upside-down 
blue bowl of the sky. In the evening 
we saw what has become very precious 
to us— the pine and palm trees out- 
lined against the delicate hues of the 
sunset. In short, we fell in love with 

Our purpose in coming to this beau- 
tiful state was to allow my husband 
to confer with a small group of Breth- 
ren who deeply wished to have a 
church of their faith in the Orlando 
area and who were in the process of 
calling a pastor to help them make 
their desire a reality. In the two days 
that followed, my husband was called 
and accepted the challenge that was 
given him, briefly looked over the field, 
met with the pastors of the district, 
visited the district youth camp then in 
progress and made arrangements for a 
mobile home which would be the par- 

The following October found us 
adjusting to mobile-home life and cele- 
brating by planting a tangelo tree in 
our small yard. The first tasks were to 
find a larger meeting place, 
to start formalities of the incorpora- 
tion of the church, and to take up the 
search for the land the Lord was re- 
serving on which would be erected the 
church's permanent home. In all these 
things we saw the Lord's hand in a re- 
markable way. As we prayed and 
worked He was continually going ahead 
and undertaking for us. 

In the three years that followed 
many experiences came to the small 
new church. Rooms were rented in a 
Christian day school building, at first 
on a part-time basis and later, full 
time. Here the first Vacation Bible 
School was held, a young people's 
work was started, and missionary rallies 
I were enjoyed. 

There were disappointments also. 
The lives of many families were touched 
during this time and there were de- 
cisions for Christ. But too often these 
families were lost to the church; some 
moved to northern states, some went 
farther south. Still, families were added 
from time-to-time. 

Another disappointment came when 
the building where we worshiped was 
remodeled and was no longer suitable 
for church use. Space in a professional 
building was gratefully accepted though 
the quarters were not as adaptable for 

During the early months of the 
church's existence many house-to- 
house calls were made by two mem- 
bers of the church and the pastor and 
his wife. More than 800 homes were 
contacted using as a gift a very beauti- 
ful copy of the Herald, including a let- 
ter of invitation to the church services. 
People were usually courteous and 
friendly. Many invited us into their 
homes and often wished us well when 
we left. But few seemed to be con- 
cerned about spiritual things. Their 
eternal destiny did not seem important 
in the lift of this life's attractions. 
This is a heart-breaking experience for 
those who long to see the Lord Jesus 
honored and His gift of eternal life re- 
ceived. But we believe that seed was 
sown and that future months and years 
will yet bring a harvest, should the 
Lord tarry. 

During those early months in the 
life of the church the women had not 
forgotten the need for a WMC. Just 
when the materials were at hand and 
some preliminary promotion was in 
progress, the Randall Maycumbers 
came to Orlando on extended furlough 
and Mrs. Maycumber became the first 
president. Since that time the WMC 
has been very active in most avenues of 
service, both spiritual and social. The 
women were happy to welcome the 
new WMC in Okeechobee by giving a 
tea for them. The members have been 
responsible for serving refreshments at 
a number of church social functions. 
Their latest local project has been pro- 
viding dishes, glassware and silver for 

church use. 

District WMC organization has been 
somewhat slow in Florida because the 
churches were not many and there was 
a large distance between churches. 
Now that there are two more local 
WMC councils to help, a district organi- 
zation was formed. Since then the 
executive board has met and put com- 
mittees in motion to implement full- 
scale activity. When district confer- 
ence meets in March the goal is to have 
a full program ready for the women. 
The present district project is to help 
the St. Petersburg Sunday school with 
an offering for visual aids. Please pray 
for this new district. 

Going through all these activities 
was the need for a church home. The 
Lord provided the ground early in the 
life of the church and by the time 
building operations began the full price 
was paid and also the architect's fees. 
We thank the faithful members, district 
and national home mission boards and 
interested friends. 

Now an attractive and adequate 
church building stands on a two and 
one-third acre plot in a strategic loca- 
tion in the Orlando area and a new 
pastor has taken the responsibility for 
its growth and well-being. 

As for us, my husband also has a 
new responsibility. Although retired, 
he is helping build a congregation in 
St. Petersburg and is trusting that he 
will see the Lord erect another center 
of worship there. Plans are being made 
to start a WMC there in the near future. 
How wonderful it would be if lay- 
families in the Grace Brethren fellow- 
ship would hear the call to come to 
Florida with the purpose of helping 
build these churches. How much more 
their help in visitation, teaching, and 
use of other talents would mean to the 
Lord's work where vacancies are wait- 
ing for them. Here Christians are not 
called to the hardships and loss of 
loved ones experienced on the foreign 
field, but the people are just as pagan 
and their hearts are just as hard and 
they are just as lost as those on foreign 
fields. Come over-and help us. ▼ 
-Mrs. Herman Koontz 

iFebruary 8, 1969 


Past, Present, Future . . . 

(Continued from page 1 7) 

you unless you turn your sinful life 
to Him in an initial experience of 
penitence and commitment. 

Second, am I being saved? Are you 
more like the Lord today than you 
were three years ago? Is the Lord's 
intention being carried out day by day 
in your life? Are you denying ungodli- 
ness and worldly lusts, and are you 
maturing properly as His child? Are 
you a better mother? A sweeter wife? 
What about your generosity? Do you 
give more to the Lord now than you 
did as a babe in Christ? Is His Gospel 
hindered because out of your abun- 
dance you give only a token to mis- 
sions at home and abroad? Do you 
place such price on security of life in 
the homeland that your children 
wouldn't even think of serving the 
Lord overseas? Are you more con- 
cerned this year about the lost and 
the great mission of Christ to the 
world? Do you have more peace from 
the Saviour? Do you trust Him more? 
Are you getting out of your self- 

centered trap to become more like 

Finally, if the Lord should come, 
or if I should leave this earthly sphere 
would I experience the quiet confi- 
dence that comes from knowing Jesus 
Christ, from knowing that to be with 
Him is to be delivered from the pres- 
ence of sin and to be glorified? 

It was more than 15 years ago that 
my mother went to be with the Lord. 
As we started away from the grave, 
my father wanted to linger longer. The 
separation at the grave was hard at 
first for him. I reminded him that 
mother was not really enclosed in that 
casket by saying, "You know Mother 
is not really there!" As we walked 
away from the open grave, he uttered 
the victorious, "Good-bye, Alice, I'll 
see you in the morning." Three 
months later my father's 'morning' 
arrived and his tired body was laid 
next to mother's in the cemetery. He, 
too, went home to be with the Lord 
and now they are both just like Jesus 
Christ. That is salvation. 

Why is it that some folks are always 
talking about being saved? 

Two reasons: If you have ever 
known Jesus Christ, you will never 
finish talking about it. If you have 
ever been in need of forgiveness and 
turned your sins over to Christ; if you 
have ever been in darkness and saw 
His light; and if you have ever been 
weak and He gave you power, you 
never get through talking about it. 

The second reason is that the whole 
purpose of Jesus Christ's coming into 
the world was to save us. "I am the 
door; by me if any man enter in, he 
shall be saved. . . ." From the penalty 
of sin because He died for us; from the 
power of sin because He lives in us; 
and from the presence of sin because 
He will dwell with us. 

This is salvation, and this is good 
news. It is all in Jesus Christ. Paul 
summed it up so beautifully as re- 
corded in Galatians 2:20, "I am cruci- 
fied with Christ: nevertheless I live; 
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and 
the life which I now live in the flesh I 
live by the faith of the Son of God, 
who loved me, and gave himself for 

-Mrs. William H. Schaffer 

Steps to Brazil . . . 

(Continued from page 18) 

years— we boarded the airplane. 

Just before daybreak that June 
morning, our plane landed in Belem, 
principal port city of the Amazon 
basin and capital of the state of Para. 
Immediately we were impressed with 
the fact that despite all the previous 
schooling, we were inadequate as mis- 
sionaries because we could not speak 
the language of the land, Portuguese. 
Therefore, countless hours were dedi- 
cated to its study so that we might 
communicate with the people to whom 
we had come to minister. 

Now in the second term in Brazil, 
we are living in Belem, not only con- 
tinuing but also trying to expand 
the work started by other mission- 
aries. The Brethren Church had es- 
tablished works in rural cities and 
towns in this state, but not in the 
largest city, until about three years 
ago when the Randall Maycumbers 
moved in and began this work. Much 
of the Schwartzes' missionary work 
centers around what Ralph is able to 

do. Several nights each week he is 
busy with Bible studies in believers' 
homes, and during the day, hours are 
spent in visitation. And he is called 
upon for numerous other tasks. My 
main duties, of course, involve keeping 
our home and watching over our three 
children. Much of last term was spent 
in teaching our oldest, Sharon, but 
this term she is able to attend the 
Amazon Valley Academy. It is my 
job to play the accordion or pump 
organ for several meetings during the 

week. On Sunday afternoons I teach 
a children's Bible class, and on one 
weekday I have a Bible study with a 
lady. Also, I am instructing four stu- 
dents in instrumental music, training 
them to accompany the singing in the 
church, because at the present time 
there is no Brazilian available to play. 
I do consider it a privilege to have 
been chosen one of the WMC "birth- 
day missionaries" this year, and will 
surely appreciate the special prayers of 
the ladies. ▼ 





Brethren Missionary Herald 


With Christ 
To Guide Us 

Useless, helpless and worthless, 
So empty are these words, 
And yet, I feel so helpless, 
In the presence of my Lord. 

Without Him, I am useless, 

For no good thing can I do, 

But when I take Him as my Saviour, 

I can be useful, and helpful too. 

Yes, truly I am worthless, 
Without Him, as my guide, 
Yet! I was worth so much to Him; 
That for me, He bled and died. 

Useless, helpless and worthless, 
But the meaning, can be changed: 
If we will yield, our all to Him, 
And believe on His Holy name. 

— G. Faith Boatman 


President-Mrs. William H. Schaffer, 4218 
N.E. 131 PL, Portland, Oreg. 97230 

First Vice-president- Mrs. Richard Placeway, 
540 Randall Rd., Elyria, Ohio 44038 

Second Vice-president- Mrs. Phillip J. Sim- 
mons, 10600 S.E. 226th., Kent, Wash. 

Recording Secretary -Mrs. Williard Smith, 
400 Queen St., Minerva, Ohio 44657 

Assistant Recording Secretary -Mrs. Dan 
Pacheco, R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer- Mrs. Robert 
Ashman, 602 Chestnut St., Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer-Mrs. 
Earle Cole, 2753 Elmwood Ave., Cuya- 
hoga Falls, Ohio 44221 

Literature Secretary-Mrs. Charles Koontz, 
R. R. 3, Warsaw, Ind. 46580 

Editor-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker, 100 4th St., 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Prayer Chairman-Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy, 205 
Sixth St., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

SMM Patroness-Mrs. Robert Boze, 255 
Dearborn, Berne, Ind. 46711 

Assistant SMM Patroness-Mrs. Gerald Pol- 
man, 824 N. Verde Ave., Rialto, Calif. 


Mr. Thomas J. McDairmant April 7 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Mrs. Robert Williams April 15 

Batangafo via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Philip Edward Peters i April 20, 1962 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Calla Jean Cone April 24, 1965 

B.P. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Kipling George Cone April 24, 1967 

B.P. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Thomas Allen Peters April 28, 1959 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 


Rev. Solon W. Hoyt April 2 

Avda. Buenos Aires 247, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S.A. 

Mrs. E. Nelson Fay April 6 

Corrientes 2, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S.A. 

Colleen Mary Austin April 8, 1956 

O'Higgins 3168, Buenos Aires 29, Argentina, S.A. 

Mrs. Gordon Austin April 29 

O'Higgins 3168, Buenos Aires 29, Argentina, S.A. 


Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

Caixa Postal 368, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 

Calxa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Mrs. Timothy Farner April 29 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 


Miss Evelyn Tschetter April 29 

50 rue des Galibouds, 73 - Albertville, France 


Leilani Lou Tresise April 15, 1956 

95-303 Waioni St., Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786 


Nancy Joyce Brenneman April 24, 1954 

P. O. Box 10144, Caparra Heights, Puerto Rico 00922 


Suzan Marie Goodman April 1, 1952 

c/o Rev. John Mayes, 719 Franklin Avenue, Sunnyside, Washington 98944 

Lester W. Kennedy, Jr April 18, 1955 

c/o G. W. Hall, R. R. 2, Box 276, Boones Mill, Virginia 24085 
James Kevin Johnson April 19, 1956 

588 Emerick, Wooster, Ohio 44691 




Our Grace Schools' offering will assist in preparing the present 
library space for classroom or office use. The Christian Education 
Department offering will be used in the Training in Missionary 
Endeavor program. 

February 8, 1969 


Telling It Like It Is 

Today many people are hurrying 
thinking they are going somewhere 
when really they don't know where 
they are going. Having Christ as my 
Saviour, I know what my destination 
is. A home in heaven is more than I 
deserve. He has given me a peace that 
nothing can take away. His peace and 
love is so abundant and free, just wait- 
ing to be taken and enjoyed by each 
one of us. 

SMM is one factor that has helped 
me appreciate more fully the wonder- 
ful Lord we have. It has helped me to 
take on responsibility, not only in 
SMM but in other endeavors as well. 
So much can be said about SMM. The 
blessings are great, the fellowship and 
the "helps" that are received all con- 

As each day comes and goes and 
the return of my Saviour grows nearer, 
I pray that I will be found a faithful 
and obedient servant unto Him. 

-Pam Edenfield, SMM president 

Mrs. Robert 
Boze, National 
SMM Patroness 

It is my joy and privilege to serve 
the Lord and SMM as national patron- 
ess this year. Words cannot express 
the appreciation we have for our retir- 
ing and untiring patroness for a tre- 
mendous job of leading our girls these 
past five years. 

Perhaps you should know a little 
of my background since I am a stranger 
to many. I was raised on a farm near 
Bluffton, Indiana. I attended a little 
old-fashioned Methodist Church with 
godly parents. I came to know about 
the Lord early in life, however, I doubt- 
ed many times and really felt lost when 
times of trouble arose. On my six- 
teenth birthday I made a public de- 
cision at a Youth for Christ convention. 

I attended Indiana University Train- 
ing School for Nurses and became a 

registered nurse. I thank the Lord for 
leading me to a young medical student 
whose faith and ideals were very much 
as my own. We were married after our 
schooling was completed and settled 
down in Berne, Indiana, his hometown. 

To give you an idea what SMM 
means to me, I can say I became a 
Brethren yet the knowledge I had was 
so meager. It was my faithful pastor's 
wife who helped me understand the 
value of SMM. I was blissfully ex- 
pecting to do anything in the church 
except work with girls. After all, I 
had three boys. The Lord said (and it 
applies to each of us), "I must work 
the works of him that sent me, while it 
is day; the night cometh, when no man 
can work" (John 9:4). I truly believe 
I benefit much more from SMM than 
the girls. After all you must be ac- 
quainted with the material you are 
teaching. I have learned the doctrine, 
beliefs, ordinances with a zeal that is 
perhaps lacking in a Brethren raised in 
the church. 

The future Brethren church is ours 
to do with what we will. Ignore it and 
it will go its way. Teach it and we 
will send forth an "on fire generation," 
ready to serve the Lord wherever He 
leads. Pray for us and SMM. 

Mrs. Gerald 
Polman, National 
SMM Assistant 

Our SMM year is speeding by, and 
this is my first opportunity to greet 
you as assistant patroness. Now I 
know patronesses are supposed to help 
and encourage the girls, but actually I 
think it works in reverse. 

By working in SMM locally, in the 
district, and nationally, I am blessed to 
see our girls maturing spiritually and 
developing leadership ability. This 
year in addition to reading the Bible 
through, I am working on memorizing 
the Book of Colossians. (You see, I 
work with Juniors, so I am using their 

current book.) Meeting these SMM 
personal goals is a real challenge to me. 

About this time of year many SMM 
girls decide it is too hard to meet the 
goals, and they begin to slack off. In 
so doing they slip spiritually. 

Why not take inventory to see if 
we are faithfully completing our goals. 
Quiet time— do you agree this is the 
easiest place to let down? (After all, 
nobody but God and I need know 
about that.) How about faithfulness 
in church attendance and Christian 
service? Have I personally shared my 
faith in Christ with others, or have I 
been content to pray for others in far- 
away places to do the job while those 
about me are spiritually dead? 

It is my prayer that from the ranks 
of our SMM girls God will call many 
who will be willing to serve Him as 
missionaries, pastor's wives, Sunday- 
school teachers, and faithful witnesses 
wherever He places them. As an 
"SMM girl" of many years ago, I can 
testify that He is able to use anyone 
willing to be used. 

In this day and age Christian young 
people have much to be thankful for. 
The youth of today are trying to find 
an identity for themselves and an 
aim— we as Christians have both. It 
was in my grade school years when I 
became a born-again Christian. I had 
wonderful Christian parents. Encour- 
aged to participate in church functions 
I soon joined a junior SMM group. 

SMM provided good activities to 
do individually and as a group. Help 
in working with others, having my 
spiritual life enriched, and learning 
more about the Christ-centered life 
were just some of the benefits I re- 
ceived from being an SMM girl. 

There are two helpful ideas that I 


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have been given in recent years that 
help me in my daily walk. The first is 
when I question doing or saying some- 
thing, I ask myself, "What would Christ 
do?" And the second is just letting 
Christ be the lover of your soul. If we 
are truly in love with God, our lives 
will show it. 

Jane Hoover, 
National SMM 

SMM has had a great influence on 
my life. In order to meet certain goals 
and win awards, I had to read the Bible 
regularly, memorize verses, and set 
aside a daily personal quiet time. I 
might never have established these 
habits had it not been for the incentive 
of SMM goals and awards. 

SMM also showed me that Christian 
girls can have fun and fellowship to- 
gether without all the "props" the 
world thinks it must have in order to 
have fun. 

I might have missed going to nation- 
al youth conference and all the new 
faces, and new things there, had it not 
been for my responsibilities in SMM. 

Another goal in SMM was to study 
the beliefs and doctrines of The Breth- 
ren Church. Now I can answer ques- 
tions about what I believe with more 
confidence. In looking back, I wish I 
had been more thorough in my study. 
At the time I didn't realize how help- 
ful it would be to me later. 

Nancy Hall, 

National SMM 


"I will instruct, thee and teach thee 
in the way which thou shalt go; I will 
guide thee with mine eye" (Ps. 32:8). 
It's a wonderful privilege to pray and 
trust the Lord to guide me. This has 

been true all of my life but especially 
since I have been in college for two 
years. I have had so many questions 
relating to my future life such as what 
I should major in to prepare for serving 
Christ. Our SMM theme verse for this 
year, Colossians 2:3, is really the best 
guide when I need the answers. "In 
whom are hidden all the treasures of 
wisdom and knowledge." All I have to 
do is go to the Lord and trust Him 
for all of the right answers to my ques- 

It is partially through SMM that I 
have learned to love and trust the Lord 
more each year. I feel that through 
working on SMM goals and attending 
meetings for nine years, I gained valu- 
able training in worship and service 
to the Lord that I would never have 
received anywhere else. So girls, be 
faithful and diligent in working on 
your goals— you'll be glad you did! 

Donna Hawbaker, 

National SMM 


I'd like to thank the Lord especially 
for one thing that He has been teach- 
ing me this last month— how to handle 
problems. I've always had a pretty 
easy life, so I don't have big problems 
like some people face. But I do have 
the problems that you and everybody 
face in everyday life. These are the 
kind that have always tripped me up. 
There is a verse in Philippians, which 
in the Phillips' translation tells how 
Paul welcomed problems with out- 
stretched hands. I've been learning to 
do this by God's strength, because this 
is how we come to know God better 
and to love Him more. It makes life 
much easier to live, too. 

SMM has given me moral and spiri- 
tual standards by which to live. It has 
also taught me the practical application 
of these standards. It has given me 
opportunities to serve the Lord. An 
example of this is being editor of our 
pages in the Herald. I wish that any or 
all of you SMM girls would write and 
offer any criticisms or suggestions for 
these pages that you might have. Pray, 
too, that these might honor God com- 

Joyce Ashman, 
National SMM 

How I praise the Lord again for the 
privilege He gave me of serving Him in 
SMM this past year. It is also a plea- 
sure to greet all of you SMM girls and 
patronesses. Each year SMM improves 
and I am sure this will continue to be 
true in the years to come. I would 
like to challenge you girls to do two 
things this coming year. First, don't 
forget to pray for all the local, district, 
and national officers each day. Also, 
pray for the writers of the lessons and 
the program committee for next year. 
Secondly, I challenge each of you to 
give generously at each meeting so that 
we will be able to meet all our goals 
this year. 

Marilyn Vnasdale, 

National SMM 



Christ means everything to me. He 
is my hope for the future for He died 
and rose again that I might have eternal 
life. He is my daily life. Only in 
Christ can I have inward peace in spite 
of outward circumstances. 

In Sisterhood we think of Mary in 
worship and Martha in service. Both 
are important and need to be learned. 
In SMM you can learn to worship by 
having personal devotions and being in 
attendance at the meetings and church 
services. You can learn to serve by 
joyfully accepting when asked to take 
a part. Don't wait for what you con- 
sider the most important part, they are 
all important. Do it for Christ. 

As you worship and serve in Sister- 
hood ask God what He would have you 
do in your future. Whatever you do- 
teacher, nurse, homemaker-you can 
serve God if that is His place for you. 

February 8, 1969 


So You're in the Service Away With Complaining 

Louis K. Combs, Jr. (Glendale, Cali- 
fornia: G/L Regal Books, 1968), 164 
pages, paper, $.95. 

Combs is a chaplain who under- 
stands the serviceman and the prob- 
lems (financial, domestic, spiritual), 
frustrations, and temptations that every 
inducted man must face. He speaks 
from experience in dealing with ser- 
vicemen who have come to him for 
help. As a believer, Combs seeks to 
present a conservative, Biblical ap- 
proach to life in the service. 

Chapters on finance, marriage, sex, 
military authority, friendships, and the 
place of the Christian in the military 
environment are included. The discus- 
sion of marriage and sex alone is worth 
the price of the book. 

You can give this book to both 
Christian and non-Christian and expect 
the serviceman to profit. I recommend 
it be given to your young men as they 
leave for their tour of duty. -John D. 

Almost Twelve 

Kenneth Taylor (Wheaton, Illinois: 
Tyndale House, 1968), 59 pages, paper, 

This is an excellent book for chil- 
dren entering puberty. The descrip- 
tions of the bodily changes which take 
place, as well as the pictorial presen- 
tations, are very good. 

It is not long and boring for the 
child to read, and can be easily under- 
stood. Because of a society that fla- 
grantly exploits sex, a good Christian 
viewpoint such as this book holds is 
very fitting. -Jeanette Whited 

Betty Carlson (Grand Rapids, Michi- 
gan: Zondervan Publishing House, 
1968), 62 pages, paper, $1.00. 

Learn to praise God rather than 
complain is Betty Carlson's theme. 
She writes well in easy-to-understand 
language. The twenty-seven chapters 
are short and to the point. Every 
woman can profit from it. (Men, read 
it too, if you like!)— Naomi Henning 

Skits That Win 

Ruth Vaughn (Grand Rapids, Michi- 
gan: Zondervan Publishing House, 
1968), 64 pages, paper, $1.00. 

Ruth Vaughn attempts to speak to 
the needs of modern youth, particular- 
ly their need for submission to God. 
In several of her skits she does this 
quite well, including some thoughts 
which are very worthwhile. Others of 
the skits are unrealistic and trite, there- 
by losing their message. If a skit is on 
the agenda, youth leaders will un- 
doubtedly find several here they can 
use to good advantage.— Larry De- 

Any of the books reviewed 
on this page may be ordered 
from the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590. We pay 

In a Barley Field 

J. Vernon McGee (Glendale, Cali- 
fornia: G/L Regal Books, 1968), 192 
pages, paper, $.95. 

This book deals mainly with re- 
demption as exemplified in the life of 
Ruth. The two closing chapters view 
Ruth as a picture of the redemption of 
the church, the bride of Christ. Dr. 
McGee presents some thought-stimu- 
lating study on the subject of redemp- 
tion in the Old Testament. -Bert Lohr 

God's Men: From All 
Nations to All Nations 

(Chicago: Inter- Varsity Press, 1968), 
351 pages, paper, $3.00. 

Inter-Varsity is to be thanked for 
preserving the main messages and panels 
from its eighth missionary convention 
at Urbana, Illinois, in December of 
1967. Topics range from Bible exposi- 
tion to current issues and opportuni- 
ties in mission endeavor. The book is 
excellent reading. Included is an 
address by Evan Adams. 


February 22, 1969 

U.S. ...The 






3 20/20 Vision 

4 The U.S.— Unfinished 

8 Church for Sale 

10 What! No Shalom? 

12 Church News 

14 Praise and Prayer 

15 You're Invited! 

16 1968 in Review 

17 When God Calls a 

20 Graded Choirs Reap 

21 Educated by Degrees 

Clyde K. Landrum, Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions — Rev. John W. Zielasko 

Grace Schools — Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

Home Missions — Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

SMM — Miss Donna Hawbaker 

Laymen — Mr. Harold Jones 

February 22, 1969 


Home Missions and 
Grace Schools Issue 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: 
$4.00 a year, foreign, $5.00. Special rates 
to churches. 


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The Editor Speaks . . . 

By Clyde K. Landrum 

20120 Vision 

The human eye is one of the great 
masterpieces of God, and is our most 
important organ for finding out about 
the world around us. Consequently, it 
is very important that we take special 
care of our eyes. Doctors have devised 
different kinds of tests to find whether 
our eyes are healthy. One of these is 
the use of a chart with rows of letters 
diminishing in size from top to bottom. 
If a person can read letters of the 
size normal for a person 20 feet away, 
his vision is expressed as 20/20. If he 
can read the letters that only the nor- 
mal eye can see at 40 feet, he has 
20/40 vision. But on the other hand, 
if he can see letters from 20 feet that 
the normal eye can see only from 
from about 15 feet, he has 20/15 
vision, indicating better than normal 

But there is another realm in which 
every individual should be testing his 
eyesight. It is that general area which 
might be called outlook, perspective, 

February 22, 1969 

vision. How do we as Christians rate 
in our vision of the work that is to be 
done for the Lord? Do we see that 
work in relation to the Word of God 
and of the greatness of God? Is our 
outlook positive and aggressive? 

Too many have a narrow perspec- 
tive. How refreshing to find people 
who see their work as a great and mas- 
sive job to be done, but with the posi- 
tive approach that it can be done. As 
light increases vision with our physical 
eyes, so the light of the Word of God 
should cause us to have the broad view 
of potential accomplishment through 
the power of God. Is ours the down- 
ward, pauper view, wherein we see the 
dirt and grime only that is underfoot; 
or is it the upward, outward view of 
blessings in Christ, plus the challenge 
of a world to be won for Him? Cir- 
cumstances, too often, color the pic- 
ture that we see, discouraging us and 
limiting our accomplishments. 

Certain malfunctions of the human 
eye, resulting in improper vision, can 
be compared to the plagues of the 
spiritual eye. Nearsightedness is a 
condition in which one is unable to see 
far objects clearly. How often Chris- 
tians become so deeply involved in 
their own situations that they cannot 
get the far-off vision! "We must 
care for things at home and then 
we will care for things abroad," they 
say. Or there are those who cannot 
project their plans and ideas into the 
future to broaden the horizon of the 
church's ministry. 

And, of course, there is the reverse 

of this condition, where the lense of 
the eye cannot bend light rays sharply 
enough to fall on the retina and bring 
into focus near objects. This we call 
farsightedness. There are people all 
around us who need Christ, but some- 
how we cannot see them. We become 
almost visionary in our desire to get 
away from our own routine to find 
opportunities to witness. We long night 
and day for greener pastures. Our 
realm of service is always out beyond 
where we are at present. 

One of the worst malfunctions is 
astigmatism, or blurred vision. Chris- 
tians seem at times to have spiritual 
astigmatism. We seem to be in a state 
of confusion, with no clear plan of 
serving the Lord whether at home or 
abroad. We confuse the lack of moti- 
vation and purpose with the lack of 
talents. Or, we are not clear where 
the Lord would have us serve, so we 
sit on the status quo and do nothing; 
a blurred image. 

The cause of Christ suffers greatly 
from the failure of Christians to check 
on their spiritual vision to see where 
they are in their accomplishments in 
life, and to make corrections where 
necessary. I have been greatly en- 
couraged recently by a book entitled 
Life Is Tremendous by Charles Jones 
in which he points out some basic 
principles to guide people both in liv- 
ing their lives and in serving the Lord. 
Praise the Lord for men like Jones who 
shake us up once in a while, and helps 
us to correct our spiritual vision. How 
is yours-20/20? y 


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"ur Lord was motivated by a di- 
vine imperative to complete the work 
which the Father had committed unto 
Him (John 5:36). He kept His eye on 
the day on which He would pay the 
supreme price for the redemption of 
lost men. While moving from village 
to village, from city to country, He 
was always cognizant of the needs of 
the multitudes. "Jesus went about all 
the cities and villages . . . But when he 
saw the multitudes, he was moved with 
compassion on them . . ." (Matt 

The entire career of Christ was mis- 
sionary in nature, for He came "not 
to be ministered unto, but to minister, 
and to give his life a ransom for many" 
(Mark 10:45). He was in constant 
touch with His Father about the needs 
of men. He constantly taught the will 
and purpose of God for men. His final 
instructions to His disciples were to 
preach the Gospel to every creature 
(Mark 16:15). His whole life and min- 
istry was compelled with a passion for 
those about Him. 

The Scripture is clear in showing us 
that our missionary motivation must 
emanate from our Saviour. He who 
has redeemed us with His blood, saved 
us from the eternal judgment of the 
lost and who now directs us through 

shed Task 

25 States with 
NFBC churches 

25 States to be 

1969 Goal: 
N. Carolina 

February 22, 1969 

Is the Brethren 

Church becoming impervious 

to the needs of the nation? 

His Spirit must be the impelling force 
in our Christian conduct. Any attempt 
to perpetuate His teachings involves 
the missionary responsibility. And to 
abandon any service where He directs 
would be to repudiate the Lordship of 

It is quite obvious that The Breth- 
ren Church was directed to the United 
States for a specific reason. God has 
preserved the pure message of the Gos- 
pel in the hearts of the believers in our 
church for a divine purpose. There is 
no doubt that missionary activity in 
the home and foreign fields was acti- 
vated by the Spirit of God through the 
teaching of the Word and the response 
of ready hearts. God has given us a 
task that is not finished! 

God enhances the missionary chal- 
lenge by opening the eyes of His people 
to the lost estate of mankind. Why did 
Christ come to die if the need were 
not urgent? For Him it was, ". . . to 
do the will of him that sent me, and to 
finish his work (John 4:34). For us it 
is, ". . . Lift up your eyes, and look 
on the fields; for they are white already 
to harvest" (John 4:35). 

Our nation, a definite sector in 
God's great mission field, is being 
shown to us in an unusual way in these 
days. Seemingly, the Spirit of God is 
opening the eyes of the world through 
the channels of modern communica- 
tion to the drastic needs of the Ameri- 
can people. The major networks have 

all run specials on the conflict of the 
races, strife, rebellion and the sordid 
needs of the poor. Life magazine has 
just produced a resume of the events 
of the year which seemed to be domi- 
nated by one word, tragedy. Other 
periodicals have run special articles 
describing various phases of our nation- 
al problem. The FBI has just released 
the latest figures on crime for the first 
six months of 1968, an unprecedented 
and appalling figure of twenty-one per- 
cent increase over last year. Fear 
reigns supreme in our major cities. 
Lawlessness, crime, and chaos lurks in 
many areas of our society. What else 
does it take to cause us to awake to 
the spiritual needs of the multitudes 
of those about us? 

Surely, the Spirit of God must be 
pointing these things to our attention. 
Is The Brethren Church becoming im- 
pervious to the needs of our nation? 
Have our hearts become so cold and 
calloused living in the presence of sin 
that we do not recognize its effects? 
Why do we not have more enthusiasm 
to live for Christ, witness of Christ, and 
serve Christ in our home-mission field? 
Why must we limp along with "about 
the same offering" for home missions 
which is really not even keeping up 
with inflation? If Christ dominates 
our thinking, our motives, and opens 
our eyes to the conditions, why are we 
so prone to do the same as in the past? 
Home-mission giving for the past four 

months has been running over $ 10,000 
behind last year's receipts. How can 
this be— with increased incomes and 
prosperity at an all-time high? 

The Brethren Home Missions Coun- 
cil has fifty mission points with 130 
mission-personnel strategically located 
across this nation to reach people for 
Christ. We are building in major areas, 
trying to establish gospel-preaching 
churches that will eventually branch 
out with an efficient program of evan- 
gelism. America provides a golden op- 
portunity with its population explosion 
in both the city and suburbs. We are 
ready to buy up these opportunities 
as God opens the doors, as personnel is 
called, and missionary dollars are pro- 

There are twenty-five states out of 
fifty that have at least one church be- 
longing to the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches. By faith, we are 
trusting that God will supply the means 
to establish churches in three new 
states; Alaska, Nevada, and North Car- 
olina in 1969. However, this objective 
can only be considered when present 
commitments are met and the mission- 
ary dollars are supplied. Brethren, let 
us take to heart the words of Jesus: 
". . . The harvest is plenteous, but the 
labourers are few; Pray ye therefore 
the Lord of the harvest, that he will 
send forth labourers into his harvest" 
(Matt. 9:37-38). Beloved, our task is 
not finished! ▼ 

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Is for 
Him, too . . . 

Meet Larry. • He's a youngster now, but he won't be 
always. • Someday Larry is going to need help-financial 
help-help getting through college -help getting started in 
life. • Fortunately his parents are prepared. They opened 
an account in the Brethren Investment Foundation, where 
their account pays five percent interest. • That is not the 
only dividend a B.I.F. account pays. It pays eternal dividends. 
Your money is loaned to Brethren churches and organizations. 
• Plan ahead now. Are you preparing for your child's fu- 
ture? Is your money serving the Lord? If not, contact . 

The Brethren Investment Foundation 
Box 587 Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

February 22, 1969 

for Sale! 

FOR SALE: Lovely church facility in 
established neighborhood. Immediate 
occupancy. Pews, organ, pianos, 
chairs, and so forth, included in this 
bargain. Make offer! Must sell! 
Please call Orange 56-3241. 

Similar ads are appearing with ever 
increasing frequency in the classified 
sections of American newspapers. Real 
estate agents report that such listings 
are no longer considered unique, but 
are now viewed as a regular part of 
their sales program. However routine 
this might be to realtors, it is not so 
lightly accepted by the Christian com- 
munity. So severe and extensive has 
been this criticism that every such sale 
is viewed with suspicion and distrust. 
Since, within our own NFBC, there 
has been occasion for such sales it 
would seem that some consideration 
is in order to determine the validity of 
such a decision. A careful analysis of 
the reasons given for selling church 
buildings reveals four major categories 
under which most of the decisions 
could be listed. 

Although not listed in order of their 
priority we shall begin with the geo- 
graphical factors. A site which may 
have been favorable to the building of 
a church fifty years ago may now be 
totally unsuitable. In many instances, 
the building for sale was erected prior 
to the days of city-planning commis- 
sions, uniform-building codes, national 
and district denominational home-mis- 
sion boards, and other agencies which 
now so effectively reduce the margin 
of error in this phase of church devel- 
opment. Unforeseen community de- 

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Western Field Secretary, 
The Brethren Home Missions Council 

velopments often leave churches iso- 
lated and inaccessible. Churches that 
began with an unobstructed exposure 
to their immediate neighborhoods may 
find themselves, in time, totally cut 
off from their constituents as a result 
of community development. In a simi- 
lar vein, the rural church has found it- 
self a victim of the changing times. 
The departure from the single family 
farms and the move to large agricultur- 
al combines has left many country 
churches standing starkly vacant on 
Sunday morning. 

Another major cause for churches 
selling their facilities is economic. 
Churches have found themselves 
plunged into a financial crisis when 
the major source of community income 
has been disturbed. This often takes 
the form of factory shut-downs, clos- 
ing of military installations, or even the 
replacement of manpower by sophis- 
ticated twentieth-century machinery. 
The great migration to suburbia has, 
on occasion, virtually led to the abol- 
ishment of the metropolitan churches. 
Once thriving metropolitan communi- 
ties now find themselves replaced by 
the ghetto's of our day. 

A third major cause in our consider- 
ation of the sale of church buildings 
could be called racial. As a result of 
the recent civil rights activity across 
America we have found ourselves pre- 
cipitated from the safety of our seats 
in the bleachers into the action of the 
arena. Many churches now for sale 
are a result of that conflict. To date, 
few attempts to integrate a church 
have been successful. The few white 
members willing to stay with the stuff 
are financially unable to support the 
program during the difficult transition. 
On the other hand, the Negro converts 
that are brought into the program are 
neither spiritually nor financially pre- 
pared to assume the full financial bur- 
den of an established church complex. 
Many congregations have discovered to 
their sorrow that simply being willing 
to integrate their church program has 
not necessarily spelled success in such 
■ a venture. 

Our last suggested cause for the dis- 

February 22, 1969 

solution of local churches can best be 
catalogued as spiritual. Some churches, 
lacking spiritual depth and perception, 
have failed to maintain an aggressive 
virile evangelistic outreach and, as a 
result, have found themselves withering 
on the vine. New converts are often 
looked upon as intruders and actually 
resented as a threat to the existing 
power-structure and cliques. Such a 
climate produces contentiousness and 
disunity. Pastors are changed at fre- 
quent intervals and church members 
themselves enter into lifelong feuds 
that have a destructive effect in the 
life of the congregation. When these 
facts are noised abroad in the com- 
munity a church soon develops an un- 
savory reputation. Such an image 
often produces an insurmountable bar- 
rier to wholesome growth and devel- 

Now let us be bold enough to draw 
some conclusions and daring enough 
to suggest some ideas which might be 
helpful in extending the longevity of 
the churches of tomorrow. Obviously 
little can be done to change the present 
conditions but greater care could be 
exercised in planning new churches. 
Size, location, topography, and accessi- 
bility of the property should be care- 
fully considered prior to any purchase. 
A thorough projection of future com- 
munity trends and developments 
should also be a matter of concern. 
Working closely with such organiza- 
tions as The Brethren Home Missions 
Council, with their years of experience 
will be extremely helpful in such 

Although one cannot prepare for 
every possible financial eventuality, 
some precaution should betaken 
against emergencies. Care should be 
exercised to provide a margin of safety 
in any escalation of indebtedness. In 
those churches where the initial cost 
of property is exorbitant, steps must 
be taken to aid these new groups with 
larger unconditional subsidies. Proper- 
ly planned church budgets will assist 
new congregations in avoiding financial 
pitfalls that could well spell financial 
tragedy. Regular and consistent pro- 

grams of stewardship instruction will 
produce believers that give more faith- 
fully and consistently and exercise a 
greater amount of judgment of the dis- 
tribution of the Lord's money. 

We should begin by admitting that 
we have been remiss in our responsi- 
bility to preach the Gospel to every 
creature and, consequently, have been 
guilty of avoiding the American Negro. 
But, having confessed our sin, let us 
recognize that we cannot rectify the 
error of generations by foolishly trying 
to produce instant integration. There 
is a philosophy abroad that if we vote 
to integrate there will be a great rush 
on the part of the Negro community 
to join our fellowship. The truth is 
that Negroes are as hard to win for 
Christ as are Caucasians. It may salve 
our conscience to make the apparent 
magnanimous gesture to integrate a de- 
funct white church, but this is not the 
ultimate answer to Negro evangelism. 
If we are going to reach the Negro 
community, and we should, let us do it 
on a sane basis where we enter a com- 
munity with a program of expenses 
commensurate with the new group's 
ability to pay. Let us not do it with a 
gift of a white elephant which has an 
insatiable appetite for dollars. 

I hesitate to add to the material that 
has already been written on the subject 
of spiritual deterioration in churches. 
But even though God forgives the sins 
of the church there is still the matter 
of the community image. The little 
couplet "He who wisely runs away. . . 
lives to fight another" may have a bit 
of wisdom for such a congregation. It 
would seem there is a certain validity 
in a strategic retreat which will enable 
the depleted groups to regroup and 
later launch a fresh attack against the 
enemy on another front. There is cer- 
tainly nothing meritorious in remain- 
ing in a community simply because we 
fear what others might say if we vote 
to sell and relocate. Our responsibility 
is to make the wisest decision in each 
specific instance and move out on a 
basis of faith to do a greater job for 

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hat! no Shalom?" That ques- 
tion burned itself into my heart on 
the day I heard it several months 

Sally and I were visiting a member 
of the blind class in one of the beauti- 
ful Senior Citizens Kosher Rest Homes 
which dot our area. 

As we approached the table at 
which she sat that day, the picture 
which came to our mind was of a dear 
one burdened with the cares of this 
life. Widowhood and blindness are in- 
deed burdens to Mrs. E., but these 
would all roll away if she had hope, or 
should I say, the hope of Messiah Jesus 
in her heart. We saw her with face 
buried in hands, and our desire was 
that she would cast her cares upon the 
One who cares for her (I Peter 5:7). 
As we called her name and identified 
ourselves, she came suddenly to life. 
We sat down at her table and knew our 
visit was a welcome one if the smile 
wreathing her face was any indication. 
After exchanging pleasantries, we 
got down to the business which was 
the main reason for our call. I spoke 
to her of the desire in our hearts that 
she would know Jesus, the Messiah, 
the God of Heaven, as her Lord and 
Saviour. Her answer still rings in my 
ears, "Oh, this is so new to me. I have 
been so long in the Jewish faith" (al- 
though Mrs. E. does not like this rest 
home because it is too kosher). "This 
is so new to me"— imagine, over seven- 
ty-three years have passed over this 
woman, and the message of salvation 
through our Lord Jesus is so new to 

It was just about that time when 
the event happened (?) which was to 
charge my soul into further action to 
reach the lost for Christ. A little old 
man, cane in hand, rose from his table 

' and made his way toward us. I had 
noticed him before as he was one of 
the cutest (to use Sally's description of 
him) old men I had ever seen, his 
cherub-like face adorned with a small 

■ growth of white chin whiskers. The 
traditional yarmulka (skull cap), worn 
by the religious male in Judaism, was 
perched on the back of his head. I 
quite agree with Sally's description— he 
was a cute old man. 

February 22, 1969 

As he approached our table, he 
fixed his eyes on me. Returning his 
gaze, I greeted him with "Shalom" 
(peace), and back to me came his 
"Shalom." Sally looked up to find 
out to whom I was speaking, and see- 
ing this cute little octogenarian, simply 
greeted "Hello," with an Irish lilt. Was 
I mistaken or did I detect a twinkle 
in his eyes when he looked at her and 
asked the question that was to stir me 
immediately, "What! no Shalom?" 
And Sally, remembering one of the 
several Hebrew words she knew, looked 
up pleasantly and gave him the "Sha- 
lom" he desired. 


John S. 


Mr. Neely ministers at our Brethren 
Messianic Testimony located at Los 
Angeles, California. The work is 
sponsored by The Brethren Home 
Missions Council. 

After he had gone, slowly making 
his way across the room and through 
the door, Mrs. E. related that this man 
had been her Rabbi many years ago; 
in fact, he had had her son's Bar- 
Mitzvah (the service at which the Jew- 
ish boy of thirteen attains a conscious- 
ness of spiritual maturity and receives 
public recognition in the synagogue). 
This information only deepened my 
concern for the soul of this old gentle- 
man since he could not have the peace 
of God which is received through 
faith in the Messiah, Jesus our Lord, 
the Prince of Peace -for I had heard 
rabbinical teaching that those in Israel 
needed no mediator and no blood 

We have seen so much of the truth 
of Isaiah 57:20, 21, which speaks of 
no peace, as it relates to the unbeliev- 
ing we contact in the Fairfax District 
who are the lineal descendants of 
Abraham. Several days ago there was 

an incident on a street on which I was 
doing door-to-door visitation. Since it 
was toward the end of my calling 
period, and the apartment house I had 
come to was a large one, I thought this 
would be a good place to start on our 
next calling day. It was a nice day-the 
almost ever-present smog had been dis- 
pelled by the rain of the previous day 
and a cool, soft wind had made the 
weather refreshing. Jewish people were 
out in number— so many of them love 
to bask in the California sunshine! 
Some sat on steps; others stood in 
doorways; a few strolled down the 
street, trying to stir the circulation in 
aging bodies. 

As I made my way northward to 
return to my car, I heard a commotion 
on the opposite sidewalk. More heads 
popped into doorways, people walking 
on the street turned toward the bed- 
lam, and Jewish women sitting on the 
steps interrupted conversations to look 
down the street to where a man was 
having a private war with a lady, pre- 
sumably his wife. He was in a frenzy 
as he berated her for something she 
had done to displease him. As they 
walked southward and came just op- 
posite to me, I noticed the woman was 
embarrassed. I neared a lady whose 
head had popped out of a doorway 
and observed to her, "Tsouris (trou- 
bles), tsouris, tsouris!" in an endeavor 
to open a conversation— we always 
look to some incident which will be 
an occasion for a witness. It was then 
she said, "What's wrong with the world 
today? People seem to be going 
crazy— eve ryb ody at each other's 
throats!" As I passed by, I gave her 
the parting shot, "There will be no 
peace until Messiah comes," and since 
she had received a copy of The Media- 
tor, we trust the Holy Spirit will use 
this witness to make her realize there 
will be no peace for her until by faith 
Messiah Jesus comes into her heart. 

And so we go on our way, up and 
down Fairfax District streets with a 
testimony to our Jewish friends be- 
cause we have the answer, the peace of 
God through our Lord Jesus Christ, to 
the challenging question of a little old 
Rabbi who asked us that day, several 
months ago, "What! no Shalom?" 


C. Hohenstein has resigned as pastor 
of the First Brethren Church after 
more than fifteen years of ministry. 
He plans to establish an inter-commun- 
ity Christian center in the Whittier, 
La Habra, and La Mirada, Calif., area. 
His address will be P.O. Box 463, 
Whittier, Calif. 90608. Please change 
your Annual. 

CLAYTON, OHIO. The Clayton 
Brethren Church gave their pastor, 
Rev. William E. Howard, a three-year 
call and a substantial increase in salary. 
The church is currently investigating a 
change in the heating system, convert- 
ing from oil to gas heat, and improving 
the entrances to the Sunday-school 
annex. The newly elected church clerk 
is Mr. Earl Zeisert, R. R. 1, Brookville, 
Ohio 45309. Please change your An- 

LAFAYETTE, IND. Dr. Larry Po- 
land, president of Miami Bible College 
and a minister in the National Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Churches, was re- 
ceived into the membership of Phi 
Delta Kappa in special ceremonies at 
Purdue University on Jan. 16. Dr. 
Poland is a graduate of Wheaton Col- 
lege, Grace Seminary, and holds the 
Ph. D. degree from Purdue. Phi Delta 
Kappa is the national honor society 
of educators. 

LA VERNE, CALIF. The deacon 
board of the First Brethren Church has 
received the acceptance of Rev. Forest 
Lance as interim pastor. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. On Jan. 31, 
teen-agers from five area Brethren 
churches enjoyed a Youth Week Ban- 
quet at the Calvary Brethren Church. 
Following the banquet the public was 
invited to the showing of the Billy 
Graham film, Shadow of the Boomer- 
ang, a fine full-length, color, Christian 
film. A. Harold Arrington, pastor. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. Rev. Clair W. 

Gartland has accepted the call of inter- 
im pastor for the First Brethren Church. 


the Commonwealth Avenue Brethren 
Church voted in its annual business 
meeting to give the pastor an increase 
in salary, and to install central air- 
conditioning in the parsonage. The 
sanctuary of the church was air-condi- 
tioned last summer. Richard E. Grant, 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO. There were 
14 decisions made during special meet- 
ings with Rev. Homer Lingenfelter at 
the Englewood Grace Brethren Church. 
Twelve were baptized during the eve- 
ning service (Jan. 12), including three 
husband and wife couples. All 12 have 
come into church membership, making 
a total of 21 new members since July 
1. Irvin B. Miller, pastor. 

Communications Seminar will be held 
in Grace Seminary, Mar. 11, 12, 13. 
Mr. Mai Couch, director of publications 
at Philadelphia College of the Bible 
will be the featured speaker. Area 
pastors are also invited to attend the 
9:30 sessions in the morning, and the 
afternoon panel discussions. 

WHEATON, ILL. The 1969 Mis- 
sions Seminar of Christian Service Bri- 
gade will be held at Northwoods Train- 
ing Center, July 12-26. Orientation to 
transcultural principles of working with 
youth will be emphasized the first 
week. Interaction with youth and 
youth leaders in pre-stressed situations 
during the second week offer unusual 
opportunity to apply the first week's 
training to learn directly from youth, 
and to share missionary concern. 

Board of the Norwalk Brethren Chris- 
tian Day School has voted to purchase 
another bus for school transportation. 
This bus will alleviate the overcrowd- 
ed conditions on other buses and also 
reduce the time necessary for children 
to ride the bus. W. Stanley Jensen, 

Wayne Snider, professor of history at 
Grace College, was guest speaker for 
the evening worship service on Jan. 19, 
at the Grace Brethren Church of Great- 
er Washington. James G. Dixon, 

GARDENA, CALIF. An eight-day 
New Life Crusade with Rev. Allen Herr 
was concluded on Jan. 19. There was 
an average attendance of 41, and 11 
decisions were made. Bill Stevens, 

Haven Hill reports that the Grace 
Brethren Church has been discontinued 
due to the loss of their building. 
Please note this in your Annual. 

CHANGE. On page 92 of your 
Annual, the listing for the Barberton, 
Ohio, church should read as follows: 
3970 Cleveland-Massillon Rd, 
Zip 44203 04 mile S. of State Rte. 
224 and Interstate 80S). The new 
church secretary is Miss Irene Sonna- 
stine, 135 Westview, Wadsworth, Ohio 
4428 1 . Please change your Annual. 

Brickel has been employed by the 
Brethren Missionary Herald Co., to 
head up the new department of print- 
ing. Mr. Brickel is an experienced 
printer from the Rittman, Ohio, Breth- 
ren Church. He began his work Feb. 


eight-day evangelistic crusade at the 
Grace Brethren Church of Fort Lauder- 
dale with Rev. Don Smith as speaker ' 
resulted in many decisions for Christ. 
Jack K. Peters, pastor. 


Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 


Fremont, Ohio 
Chico, Calif. 
Modesto, Calif. 


Feb. 23-Mar. 2 
Mar. 11-16 

Mar. 18-23 


Ward Tressler 
William Shelby 
J. Paul Miller 


Dean Fetterhoff 

Ken and Marge Schmidt ' 

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Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

MILLER, FoyeB., 72, a well-known 
Winona Lake, Ind., businessman, was 
found dead in his home on Jan. 26. 
He had lived at Winona Lake for 25 
years where he operated an engraving 
firm. When the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company first began publish- 
ing, he assisted by printing and mailing 
the magazine at his plant in Cleveland, 
Ohio. His help was very valuable in 
those early years of the formation of 
the magazine. He served for a number 
cf years on the Board of Trustees of 
Grace Theological Seminary and also 
on the Board of The Brethren Home 
Missions Council. Before coming to 
Winona Lake, he and his family were 
very active in the Cleveland, Ohio, 
Brethren church. Survivors include 
one son, Edward Miller, Brethren mis- 
sionary in Belem, Brazil; four daugh- 
ters: Mrs. Richard (Jean) Jackson, Day- 
ton, Ohio; Miss Marjorie Miller, R.N., 
New York City, N. Y.; Mrs. A. H. 
(Phyllis) Milbrodt, Cleveland, Ohio; 
Mrs. Charles (Suzan) Riley, Frankfurt, 
Germany; 13 grandchildren and two 
great-grandchildren. Funeral services 
were conducted Jan. 28 by Rev. Thom- 
as E. Hammers. Burial was in Oak- 
wood Cemetery, Warsaw, Ind. 

MILLER, William R., 87, a faithful 
member of the First Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa., went to be with his 
Lord Nov. 3. He was a charter mem- 
ber of Alexander Mack (a men's mis- 
sionary organization), served as church 
clerk for many years, and secretary of 
the Helping-Hand Bible Class. 

SNYDER, Ruby, passed away Jan. 
5. She was active in several Brethren 
churches in California before becoming 
a member of the Bellflower Brethren 
Church in 1959. Edwin E. Cashman, 

February 22, 1969 

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A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Barbara Ann Kouba and Michael 
Creed, Dec. 27, Carlton Brethren 
Church, Garwin, Iowa. 

Gloria Daniels and Robert Parker, 
Aug. 17, Ankenytown Grace Brethren 
Church, Bellville, Ohio. 

Suzanne Shipley and Thomas G. 
Schneider, Feb. 1, First Brethren 
Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

Donna Hartman and DeWayne Rid- 
dell, Dec. 27, First Brethren Church, 
Camden, Ohio. 

Aileen Balyo and Roy Lehman, 
Jan. 25, First Brethren Church, Day- 
ton, Ohio. 

Debbie Weston and Terry Stroud, 
Dec. 31, Grace Brethren Church, San 
Bernardino, Calif. 

Shirley Mae Smith and Donald 
Slagle, Dec. 21, Community Brethren 
Church, Whittier, Calif. 

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PRAISE God for the progressive oc- 
cupation of the new library building. 

PRAY for the seminary students 
who begin taking their midsemester 
examinations March 17. 

PRAY that the Easter recess in 
both schools may prove a spiritual 

PRAY that the significance of the 
Resurrection may be more meaningful 
than ever before in the lives of both 
students and faculty. 

PRA Y for faculty and students who 
will be ministering in various ways dur- 
ing the Easter vacation. 


PRAISE God for His definite bless- 
ings upon the work of Brethren for- 
eign missions in the past year, includ- 
ing both the spiritual and the financial 

PR.A. Y for the guidance of the Lord 
for missionary candidates: those who 
have been approved for service begin- 
ning in the near future, and others who 
are still in their years of training. 

PRAY for God's blessing upon the 
students and faculties of our Bible 
Institutes in Africa and Argentina as 
they begin their new school year. 

PRAY that capable nationals may 
be called forth in increasing numbers 
to become spiritual leaders of fheir 
own people: this is one of the most 
vital aspects of foreign mission work. 

PRAY for the missionaries and 
other personnel and also the churches 
involved in missionary conferences 
through this spring season, that great 
blessings and challenges may result. 


PRAY for special blessings as ser- 
vice projects are completed by each 
SMM girl. 

PRA Y for wisdom and guidance for 
those who write devotional programs. 

PRAY that the spiritual goals of 
SMM may have great influence at the 
decision-making times for each girl. 


PRAISE God that of five home- 
mission points listed in need of proper- 
ty one year ago, four now have proper- 
ty and two of the four have building 

PRA Y that if it is the Lord's will a 
parcel of property in Atlanta, Georgia, 
may be zoned for a church. Two 
counties have refused variances. 

PRAY for a registered architect to 
work with Rev. Ralph C. Hall in 
Brethren Architectural Services. 

PRAY for a greater participation 
of Brethren people in Brethren home 

PRAY for better-than-average "re- 
turns" on the Ripon, California, Min- 
ute-Man letter. 


PRAY for continued blessings as 
the film "No Time To Wait" is shown 
throughout the country. 

PRAISE the Lord for those who 
have been led to know Jesus Christ as 
a result of the ministry of staff evan- 
gelist Allen Herr. 

PRAY for crusade meetings being 
conducted during March and April by 
evangelists Allen Herr and Bill Smith. 

PRA Y for the complete healing of 
Rev. Scott Weaver who resigned from 
the Board of Evangelism because of 
health problems. 


PRAISE God for His goodness in 
supplying financial needs— continue to 

PRAY for the Executive Board of 
Christian Education as they meet on 
March 2 1 and 22. 

PRA Y for the quiz team as they go 
to Hawaii the first part of April. 

PRA Y for the planning and prepara- 
tion of the Christian Education Con- 
vention and national youth conference. 

PRAY as plans are made for Vaca- 
tion Bible Schools. 

PRAY for the TIME programs and 
the selection of God's choices for each 


PRAY for all WMC officers-nation- 
al, district, and local as they lead their 
groups— that much might be accom- 
plished for Christ. 

PRAY that each WMC lady will be 
challenged to "manifest" (reveal, dis- 
play) Christ by her life. 

PRAY that more women will see 
the value of WMC and become active 
in it. 

PRAY for more SMM patronesses. 


PRAISE the Lord for the establish- 
ment of a printing department at the 
Herald Company 

PRAY for Mr. Bruce Brickel, our 
director of printing, as he moves from 
Rittman, Ohio, and as he gets estab- 
lished in this new work. 

PRAY for funds to underwrite the 
initial purchase of printing equipment, 
for the underwriting of Mr. Brickel's 
initial salary, and for quarters in which 
to locate the plant. 

PRA Y for the entire BMH staff as 
enlarged challenges are faced in the 
missionary literature program of our 

PRA Y that as more and more peo- 
ple are reading literature they will read 
beneficial, gospel materials. 

PRAY for direction from the Lord 
in helping churches and Sunday schools 
with libraries. 


CONTINUE to pray for young men 
under pressure in Vietnam and other 
places around the world. 

PRAY for chaplains as they are 
called on to adjust to different situa- 
tions in the military. 

PRA Y for a continuing ministry of 
Beyond Combat, a book written by 
Brethren Chaplain, James Hutchens. 

PRAY for Bible classes and other 
similar meetings held by chaplains. 


PRA Y that we may reach our goal 
of forty more churches establishing a 
Christian Service Brigade group before 
the 1969 national conference. 

PRAISE the Lord for the men's 
groups that regularly support the gen- 
eral fund and scholarship project. 

PRA Y that the executive committee 
will be able to arrange a challenging 
program for the laymen's sessions at 
national conference. 


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the tour will visit four of our seven Brethren 
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Cost of the tour will be SI 165.00 round trip 
from Chicago to Chicago. Tour director will be 
Clyde K. Landrum, experienced world traveler 
who led the first Latin America Tour in 1967. 
To guarantee a most profitable experience for 
each individual, the number will be limited to a 
maximum of thirty. Use the coupon below to 
register now. 

Flower clock in Vina del Mar, Chile, one of the places to be visited 
on the tour. (BMH staff photo) 

February 22, 1969 


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President, Grace Theological Seminary 
and Grace College 

It is too early for anyone to see 
1968 in perspective. But it is not too 
early for anyone who is news conscious 
to be impressed with the amazing suc- 
cession of events through 1968. No 
year in modern history has been filled 
with so many earth-shaking events 
from the capture of the Pueblo to the 
circling of the moon. As one writer 
put it, this "year's unruly brood of 
surprises tore into the public tran- 
quillity with an apparent vengeance. 
At times, under 1968's hammer blows, 
it seemed almost routine for traditions 
to be upset, expectations jarred, pro- 
prieties offended, the frontiers of man's 
experience pushed outward, and the 
hopes or even lives of prominent men 
cut abruptly short." 

There Is Also A Sequel 

The stream of history is one, and 
1968 belongs to that stream. It is 
therefore utterly unthinkable to imag- 
ine that the events of 1968 will not 
have their implications and issues for 
the future. The stream of events in 
1968 will merge with the unfolding 
events of 1969, and the undreamed 
succession of events in 1969 will un- 
fold naturally out of the seedbed of 
1968. The ideas that were born and 
broadcast throughout the world in 
1968 will develop into logical conse- 
quences in 1969 and the years to fol- 
low. Do these augur good for the hosts 
of humanity, or evil? One stands on 
the horizon of a new year and a near 
future holding his breath for the things 
that are coming upon the earth. 
Though every possibility for encourage- 
ment is being researched, there is basi- 
cally little good to expect from man 
whose nature is essentially evil. 

That Amazing Achievement 

The world watched with bated 
breath the most amazing feat of man 
since the beginning of time. In a man- 
made machine man hurtled through 
space, overcoming the gravity of the 
earth to pass into the gravity of an- 
other sphere and circle that planet ten 
times, and then to reverse the direction 
and return safely to earth again, a trip 
of more than one-half million miles 
within the span of a week. This ma- 
chine was so designed that it could 
withstand the incredible spread of 
temperature from 280 degrees below 
zero in outer space to that of 5,000 de- 
grees temperature produced by re- 
entrance into the earth's atmosphere 
at a speed of 25,000 miles per hour. 
Every necessary condition was pro- 
vided for maintaining human life in an 
area where human life could not other- 
wise exist for a moment. And three 
men made this interplanetary migra- 
tion and returned in good health. 
What Does All This Mean? 

No man is able to give adequate 
answer to that question. For the im- 
mediate future it means Apollo 9, 10, 
and 1 1 , that is, the various stages for 
landing a man at last upon the surface 
of the moon. What does it mean be- 
yond that? No one reallv knows. On 
the nearest fringe some are suggesting 
that these feats may provide a way for 
establishing way-stations in space for 
further space exploration, or perhaps 
bases of operation for military pro- 
tection of nations. One thing is cer- 
tain, namely this, that the advance- 
ments now in progress will provide the 
stepping stones for further outreach. 
But be assured of this one thing, that 
as long as man remains a sinning crea- 
ture, these advancements can well bode 
more of evil than good for the human 

Consider This Possibility 

Two passages of Scripture in the 
Revelation have posed problems to the 
interpreter. This is true because on 

their face they seem utterly impossible. 
But now, it may be that space explor- 
ation is providing the answer. 

These two passages are as follows: 
"These shall make war with the 
Lamb . . ." (Rev. 17:24); "And I 
saw the beast, and the kings of the 
earth, and their armies, gathered to- 
gether to make war against him that 
sat on the horse, and against his army" 
(Rev. 19:19). 

In the first passage the Antichrist 
and the ten kings of the Revived Ro- 
man Empire are pictured as making 
war with the Lamb. In the second 
passage the Antichrist and all the kings 
of the earth with their armies are 
pictured as making war with the Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

Christ and His armies come out of 
heaven and converge upon the earth in 
the region of Jerusalem. Is it possible 
that Antichrist and his aggregation of 
kings now have at their disposal such 
power as developed in interplanetary 
space travel that they imagine they 
can now join battle successfully with 
the supernatural Christ? 

Is it possible that this last and 
mightiest arrogance of mankind triggers 
the situation and brings the interven- 
tion of heaven and the introduction of 
supernatural power which culminates 
in the catastrophic conflagration at the 
end of the age? 

What of the Future? 

The year of 1969 with its many 
twists and its many turns is now upon 
us. It can well be that the crash 
course of 1968 will continue, and that 
with it there will come a combination 
of tragedy and triumph for mankind. 
But for those who know the God of the 
Bible, we can be sure that above and 
beyond the realization of men, there 
is our God, "who worketh all things 
after the counsel of his own will" 
(Eph. 1:11), and that will is weighted 
in favor of the saints, for "all things 
work together for good~ to them that 
love God, to them who are the called 
according to his purpose" (Rom. 8:28). 


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Dr. Bernard N. 


Dr. Bernard N. Schneider is a trustee 
of Grace College and Seminary and 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, 
Fort Myers, Florida. 

When God gave us the spiritual 
truths that we need to know, I am 
glad He didn't give them to us in 
catechetical form, but He gave them 
to us through the living experiences 
of the pioneers of old, both weak and 
strong. It is so much more interesting, 
and inspiring that way. This becomes 
apparent as we draw from Jonah's ex- 
perience with God, three valuable les- 

sons for those who are in the gospel 
ministry or those whom God may be 
calling to preach. 

First of all, God Calls the Preacher 
to Preach. Jonah 1:1 and 2 states: 
"Now the word of the Lord came unto 
Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, 
go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry 
against it; for their wickedness is come 
before me." Notice also in Jonah 
3:1-3: "And the word of the Lord 
came unto Jonah the second time, say- 
ing, Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great 
city, and preach unto it the preaching 
that I bid thee. So Jonah arose, and 
went unto Nineveh, according to the 
word of the Lord." 

Yes, God calls the preacher to 
preach. God called Moses to preach 
and to lead His people. God called 
Isaiah to prophesy. God called Jere- 
miah, and sanctified him to preach 
and to be a prophet. God called Paul, 
as a chosen vessel, to preach and to re- 
veal Christ. And of John the Baptist 
we read that he was a man sent from 

Down through the ages we find that 
the preacher of the Word, whether 
great or small in the eyes of man and in 
the records of history, was called by 
God to preach. What I am saying is 
that the ministry is not a profession 
that man can choose— it is a divine 
calling. Let us not forget that. God 
appoints a man to preach. 

Now, I don't know how God called 
Jonah. I don't have any idea, for God 
has not told us. I believe there is a 
reason for this. For if the details of 

God's call to Jonah were given, per- 
haps every young man who might be 
wondering about the ministry today 
would want to be called just exactly 
like Jonah. And God doesn't operate 
that way. The Holy Spirit does not do 
things in routine fashion. He deals 
differently with each individual even 
in the matter of salvation. We recall 
that Jesus said: "The wind bloweth 
where it listeth, and thou canst not 
tell whence it cometh, and whither it 
goeth: so is every one that is born of 
the Spirit" (John 3:8). For the Spirit 
works differently with each individual. 
His call may come in one way to you 
and in quite another way to me. 

You see, God calls a preacher. And 
unless a man is called of God, he will 
be miserable if he chooses the ministry 
as a profession. In Europe, it is com- 
monplace that certain men simply are 
expected to enter the ministry as a 
profession and are paid by the state. 
And in this country, it is a profession 
with many men. But that isn't the way 
God meant it to be. It is a divine 
call— not an earthly profession. 

The ministry involves a great sacrifi- 
cial principle. It does not come in one 
great dramatic crisis, but in routine 
privations and vexations that come 
over and over again. Therefore, unless 
a man is called of God he will become 
very sick of the ministry. A minister 
deals with people whose ears are dull 
of hearing and whose hearts are har- 
dened. He has to put up with those 
whose religion is nothing but an out- 
ward sanctimoniousness. And oh, how 

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that dulls you when you have to deal 
with them! He must endure the criti- 
cism of the crabby, the childishness of 
the silly, and like Paul in the church of 
Phillipi, he was to diplomatically sepa- 
rate Miss Odious and Miss Soon- 

He encounters many situations that 
are irritating and vexing. He has to 
comfort the afflicted, as someone has 
said, and afflict the comfortable. He 
must ignore the narrowness of the 
ignorant, and sweat blood over the 
inertia of those who have no spiritual 
vision, but love to be in high places- 
holding office and telling others what 
to do. On the official board he may 
have to endure the utter selfishness of 
the half-converted. In all this he 
scarcely has any time to call his own. 
And unless he has been called of God 
to preach, sooner or later one of three 
or four things will happen. He will 
get tired of it and quit the ministry, or 
he will become a sour preacher, or a 
skeptical one. or else, he will become 
a professional clergyman whose worst 
punishment is that he must live with 
himself— and that is not easy. 

On the other hand, if he has been 
called of God to preach, and he knows 
it, there is an ever-present source of 
strength available. For the time will 
come when he will wonder what he 
is here for and why he was sent. 
But if he knows that God called him, 
then it will take up all the slack. It 
will make up for all that men will do 
to him. 

Yes. God calls a preacher to preach. 
And if God calls a preacher to preach, 
he will never be happy in any other 
calling or profession. I assure you of 

that. He may do well in it, but never 
be happy— never have the peace that 
he would have if he would have an- 
swered God's call. 

Now I suppose you would like to 
know how God calls men to preach. 
Well. I can't tell you that, but I can 
tell you how God called me. 

I was converted when I was twenty- 
five years old, mainly through the wit- 
nessing of an elderly lady. I was a 
Roman Catholic by label. By practice 
I was anything. But I was a sinner by 
profession and a bad one. I had no use 
for the Gospel. At that particular 
time I didn't believe in God— at least, I 
said so, though way back in my mind 
I was a little afraid there might be 
something to it after all. However, 
this lady prayed for me and the church 
-prayed for me. Finally, in a revival, 
under the ministry of the late Dr. 
John Brown, God touched my soul 
till I could not stand it any longer and 
Christ came into my life and became 
my Saviour. 

Within two weeks I had a peculiar 
burden and strange longing to tell 
others what Christ had done for me 
and to tell the gospel story. I didn't 
see how I could do it. I was twenty- 
five years old, didn't have a formal 
education, and had a terrific brogue. 
It just seemed impossible. However, 
within three months after I was con- 
verted I was in the seminary. God saw 
me through my schooling and soon 
sent me out to preach. You can be 
sure that I have never doubted that 
God called me to preach. Should you 
ask ten ministers today how God called 
them to preach. I believe you would 
set ten entirely different answers. 

Probably all of them would point to 
the fact that there was a great burden 
upon their hearts, which was lifted 
only after they answered God's call. I 
cannot tell you how God does these 
things as far as details are concerned, 
but I know God calls a man to preach. 

Second, God Calls a Preacher to a 
Certain Place. This was true of Jonah, 
as we see in chapter one, verses one 
and two: "Now the word of the Lord 
came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, 
saying. Arise, go to Nineveh, that great 
city, and cry against it; for their wick- 
edness is come up before me." Again, 
in Jonah 3:1, "And the word of the 
Lord came unto Jonah the second 
time, saying. Arise, go unto Nineveh, 
that great city. . . ." Yes, God sent 
Jonah to Nineveh. Of course, Jonah 
didn't want to go, for what he thought 
were legitimate reasons, but they 
weren't legitimate from God's stand- 

Actually, when a man is truly sur- 
rendered to God and to His will as a 
minister, the Lord will not call him 
only to preach, but He will definitely 
lead him to the place where He wants 
him to be. 

Now, a preacher's spirit may be- 
come dull of hearing because he has 
been walking afar off. So he does not 
hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and 
may wonder where God wants him to 
go. But it may also be true that when 
the Lord has once pointed in a certain 
direction, as He did with Jonah, and a 
man says no to that direction as Jonah 
did, that afterwards he'll wait in vain 
for a call from God for a second direc- 
tion. Because when God says to go 
east. God means east. He doesn't mean 


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west when He says east. And I don't 
believe God will say: "Well, if you 
don't want to go there— how about 
this place?" God does not do business 
that way. 

Now a man may say no to God's 
first call and then choose his own field 
of labor and God may bless him. But 
I don't believe that he will ever do as 
good work there, nor will he have the 
joy of knowing that he is exactly 
where God wants him to be. All his 
life that joy will be missing. I assure 
you it is wonderful to know that you 
are where God wants you to be. 

Paul tried a few times, you remem- 
ber, to seek his own field of operation. 
But the Bible says the Spirit "suffered 
him not." Paul was living close enough 
to the Lord and was aware of the 
Spirit's leading so that he perceived 
His way and finally ended up in Europe 
where God wanted him to be. 

Certainly every pastor, every minis- 
ter, should carefully and prayerfully 
seek the leading of the Holy Spirit 
when it comes to a place of operation, 
a place of preaching, a place of labor. 
But so often a minister's ears are 
tuned lower to the sound of salary, or 
to the sound of accommodations, or 
to the sound of advantages, or oppor- 
tunities for promotion, or to the pies- 
tige of a place, or to the whispering of 
pine trees, or to the rustling of the 
palm leaves, rather than to the voice 
of the Holy Spirit. He may even choose 
his own place, but generally speaking, 
when a man wants to be led, and the 
question of obedience has been settled 
beforehand, he can be very certain 
that God will lead him. 

Finally, God Gives the Preacher the 

Message That He Should Preach. That 
is important, as we see in the Book of 
Jonah. God said: "Go to Nineveh, 
that great city, and cry against it; for 
their wickedness is come up before 
me" (1:2). Again, God said: "Arise, 
go unto Nineveh, that great city, and 
preach unto it the preaching that I bid 
thee" (3:2). 

God gave him a definite message, 
"Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be 
overthrown" (3:4). That was his mes- 
sage. We know that God blessed the 
message, for the entire city repented. 

Today, God's call for the preacher 
is to preach the Word; to declare the 
whole counsel of God, to preach the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Gospel of 
grace, to preach Christ and Him cruci- 
fied, as Paul tells us. Yet many preach- 
ers today are trimming their message 
to suit the people, rather than preach- 
ing the message God has given them. 
As Dr. Lee Robertson said, "The 
modern preacher takes a few Bible 
words, dissolves them in a gallon of 
water of sentiment and sprays that 
over the congregation on Sunday morn- 
ing." And you know that's about it. 
Sentiment, instead of, "thus saith the 

The greatest need of the church to- 
day is for men who are filled with the 
Spirit, who believe the Word of God 
with enthusiasm, who study the Word 
of God, who study how to preach it, 
and then preach it without fear, or 
favor, or compromise. 

Despite tremendous changes in the 
world, such as faster travel, and man's 
increased knowledge of how nature 
works, human nature hasn't changed 
one bit. Nor has the God of Jonah 

changed, and men's spiritual needs 
have not changed, neither has the Word 
of God. God's arm is not shortened, 
neither are his ears heavy so that he 
cannot hear. He is just as powerful as 

Men and women need to hear the 
the Word of God which burns with 
fire, which fills and throbs with power, 
which is a looking glass for a man's 
soul. The Word of God is the hammer 
which can break the hardest shell, 
which convicts men of sin, which is 
sharper than any two-edged sword. 
It is the Word of God which cannot be 
twisted, which cannot be broken. 

The Word of God is the truth that 
sets men free, that satisfies the hunger 
and thirst of their souls. The Word of 
God is the divine water which cleanses 
and purifies men's lives, the divine seed 
which when planted, will spring up 
into everlasting life. God's Word shall 
never pass away, although heaven and 
earth may pass away. 

It was back in 1935, all alone, about 
two o'clock in the morning, that I 
promised God I would faithfully and 
always preach His Word and nothing 
else and I asked Him to keep His 
promise and bless it. God has blessed 
His Word until, to my utter amaze- 
ment, I have stood in awe as the Word 
of God gripped souls and hearts and 
brought them to the foot of the cross 
and to Jesus Christ. Nothing else could 
do it. It works. It is the power of 
God unto salvation. From Jonah's ex- 
perience it is clear that God calls a 
preacher to preach, God sends him to 
the place where He wants him to 
preach, God gives him the Word to 
preach. ▼ 

February 22, 1969 


The graded choir program is a plan 
for developing and maintaining choirs 
at the various age levels within the 
church. They are organized as a part 
of the educational program and are de- 
signed to utilize the abilities of all who 
wish to use their musical talents for the 
glory of God. 

An effective program of this nature 
must be under capable supervision. It 
should be thoroughly sold to the par- 
ents since it will benefit their children. 
Sufficient personnel should be selected 
to provide leadership for each choir. 
Many details and responsibilities in- 
volved in promoting graded choirs can 
be assumed by "choir sponsors." 

In addition to the director and ac- 
companist, the sponsors could be par- 
ents of the boys and girls enrolled in 
the choir. However, there may be 
couples who, even though they have 
no children in the choirs, will desire to 
serve as sponsors because of their 
general interest and enthusiasm for the 
music program. This is especially true 
in securing sponsors for the older 
groups. It is important that the men 
of the church be enlisted as sponsors, 
giving encouragement to the boys en- 
rolled in the choirs. The interest, sup- 
port, and goodwill of fathers are in- 
valuable assets to the graded choir pro- 

This graded system should include 
enough groups so that a child may pro- 
gress from one to another until he 
finally becomes a member of the main 
adult choir. It should be stated here 
that the children should constantly be 
reminded that it is a real privilege to 
sing in one of the choirs, and the older 
the group, the more responsibility and 
honor they have. The promotion from 
one choir to another should be con- 
sidered a real mile-stone in young life. 
It will be found as a result, when the 
children become adults attendance will 
have become a minor problem. Fur- 
thermore, such a system will be edu- 
cational in its aims, thus correlating 
with the total educational program. 
Supervising this phase of the ministry 

Rev. Robert C. Messner, '57 A.B., '59 
M.R.E., Grace College and Seminary, is 
Minister of Christian Education and Music, 
First Baptist Church, Pontiac, Michigan. 

calls for careful organization, adequate 
equipment, trained leadership and a 
planned curriculum. 

If the director does his job effective- 
ly, the child will pick up his musical 
knowledge along the way, so that when 
he reaches the adult choir he will be 
able to sight-read fairly difficult music. 
He should learn during the same period 
of time at least some of the essentials 
of singing, a certain amount of hym- 
nology and a number of choir anthems. 
Even more important advantages would 
include such things as an understanding 
of worship and an appreciation of wor- 
ship music, the development of musical 
taste, a sense of responsibility in the 
ministry of music and direct spiritual 
blessings in the learning of Scripture 
and Christian doctrine. 

Not only does the graded choir pro- 
gram provide great benefit to the in- 
dividual but to the entire church as a 
whole. It provides trained musicians 
and adds variety to the total musical 
program. A strong tie between the 
church and child can be developed. 
When parental support is enlisted this 
tie extends to the home as well. The 
training provided in the children's 
choirs results in adults who know the 
meaning of worship and appreciate the 
place of hymns, anthems and other 
music in the church services. 

A fully developed graded choir sys- 
tem might include the following 
groups: beginners, primaries, juniors, 
young teens, high schoolers, adults and 
special groups such as ladies' and men's 
choruses. A program of this nature 
need not be confined to the large 
church. Where there is a Sunday 
school, choirs can be a part of it. In a 
home-mission project, the children and 
young teens provide a logical beginning 
for a music program. Such a start 
assures a tie in with the whole edu- 
cational system and provides the po- 
tential for a future adult choir of semi- 

trained voices. 

An adequate educational founda- 
tion cannot be laid on a short-term 
basis. The graded choir ministry takes 
years to develop fully. As in any pro- 
gram, leadership determines the desti- 
ny. There are also such practical needs 
as equipment, a rehearsal and perfor- 
mance schedule, the important item 
of curriculum and many other details. 
But these are meaningless until people 
have been found who can plan intelli- 
gently and direct the choirs properly. 

Those who plan the graded choir 
curriculum must work in terms of their 
aims, general and specific. The effec- 
tive curriculum is that which will help 
the leader to accomplish such results as 
developing Christian life and service, 
relating the young person to the church, 
providing wholesome fellowship, at- 
taining knowledge of the why, what 
and how of worship, and teaching the 
content and use of hymns and anthems 
as they should be correctly used in all 
the services of the church. This again 
should be on a long-term basis. 

Several factors influence this plan- 
ning. The curriculum must be adapted 
to the characteristics and spiritual pos- 
sibilities of the age group involved. 
Special days should figure into curricu- 
lum planning considerably. One of the 
most effective ways of organizing the 
curriculum, especially among the 
younger choirs, is the unit system. 
Selection of anthems, study of hymns 
and all the activities of the group in 
rehearsal are related to a special theme 
such as the Christian home, the Bible, 
the church, missions, and so forth. 
During the four to eight weeks set 
aside for each unit there can be real 
education in the relating of the music 
studied to the theme chosen. 

An organization that is growing will 
continue to live. This statement, as 
applied to choirs, does not mean growth 
in numbers only, but also spiritually, 
mentally and technically. Through the 
graded choir program youth and adults 
are trained for continued and extended 
service to their Lord in these musical 


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If college is in your future you must 
know the differences in the academic 
degrees, titles and requirements which 
are part of the higher education pro- 
gram. Don't let those titles in college 
catalogs confuse you. 

The "degrees" that schools award 
their graduates today come from a sys- 
tem that European schools developed 
nearly seven centuries ago. They 
copied the idea from the medieval 
guild system. Instead of granting a 
license to practice a craft, like the 
guilds, the schools examined their stu- 
dents and licensed them to become 
part of the academic community. 

A bachelor's degree candidate spent 
several years in an academic appren- 
ticeship similar to a journeyman candi- 
date in a craft. 

A master's degree was a license to 
teach candidates at the university and 
paralleled the status of master crafts- 
man. Those masters who continued to 
teach and study eventually became 
"experts" in theology, medicine or 
law. To them the schools gave the 
title of "doctor." 

Schools used this licensing system 
up until the early 19th century. To- 
day colleges and universities in the 
United States generally follow the de- 
gree system summarized below. 

Associate degrees are diplomas that 
junior colleges award to the students 
who successfully complete a two-year 
program. The Associate in Arts (A.A.) 
and the Associate in Science (A.S.) are 
the most commonly awarded desig- 

The bachelor's degree is given to 
college students who spend four years 
beyond high school in a recognized 
program of study. Most commonly 
students receive the Bachelor of Arts 
(A.B., B.A.) for completing a major 
program in the humanities, such as 
history, literature and fine arts, and 
the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) for 
majoring in the physical or natural 
sciences. Many colleges also offer 

Graded Choirs 

organizations. W. Hines Sims has 
likened this training program to that 
of a plant: 

Planting the seed-Cherub Choir 
The plant sprouting-Carol Choir 
The plant developing-Cadet Choir 
The fruit ripening-Crusader Choir 
The harvest ready -Chapel Choir 


Dr. Robert C. 


specialized or professional degrees, like 
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.), Bache- 
lor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Bachelor of 
Science in Journalism (B.S J.). 

Some graduates have Latin phrases 
printed on their degrees. Outstanding 
achievers graduate: cum laude (with 
praise), magna cum laude (with great 
praise) and summa cum laude (with 
highest praise). 

Occasionally a bachelor degree re- 
quires several years of study beyond 
the first four years. Graduate bachelors 
include B.D. or Bachelor of Divinity 
and LL.B. Bachelor of Law. 

The Master's Degree normally re- 
quires one or two years of advanced 
full time study after the bachelor's re- 
quirements. The program includes ex- 
posure to scientific research techniques 
and procedures. Frequently the mas- 
ter's program calls for a written report 
on an independent project, or a thesis. 

Like the bachelor's the more com- 
mon degrees in the master's program 
are the Master of Arts (M.A., A.M.) 
and the Master of Science (M.S.), and 
the professional degrees: Master of 
Business Administriation(M.B .A.), Mas- 
ter of Public Health (M. P.H.), Master 
of Science in Electrical Engineering 

The Doctor's Degree, the highest 
degree a university can award a stu- 

dent, requires at least two years of 
intensive study beyond the master de- 

There are two distinct types of 
doctoral degrees today. The Doctor 
of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is a research- 
oriented degree. The Ph.D. candidate 
must prepare an original research con- 
tribution to this special field, called ai 

Certain professions require doctor- 
ates. The Doctor of Dental Surgery 
receives a D.D.S.,the Doctor of Veteri- 
nary Medicine receives his D.V.M., and 
the Doctor of Medicine receives an 
M.D. These require a license to 
practice. Non-licensed professional 
doctoral degrees are available to ex- 
perts in certain fields, like a Doctor of 
Business Administration (D.B.A.), Doc- 
tor of Education (Ed.D., D.Ed.), Doc- 
tor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Doc- 
tor of Theology (Th.D.). 

Honorary Degrees emerged in the 
United States about 100 years ago as a 
means of recognizing the accomplish- 
ments of prominent people in the pro- 
fessions, business, the arts, government 
and industry. Granting honorary de- 
grees is similar to the traditon of 
granting knighthood to those who 
make outstanding contributions during 
a lifetime. These awards are not based 
upon formal study by the recipient. 
Included in this category: Doctor of 
Divinity (D.D.), Doctor of Music (D. 
Mus., Mus.D.), Doctor of Humane 
Letters (L.H.D.), Doctor of Literature 
(Lit.D., D.Lit.), Doctor of Letters 
(Lett.D.), Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), 
Doctor of Science (Sc.D., D.Sc, D.S.), 
Doctor of Humanities (H.H.D.). 

If your future includes college, un- 
derstanding the academic titles and the 
training required will make the catalog 
a lot clearer. And you'll be able to 
figure out how well prepared the facul- 
ty is to teach you. ▼ 

-Reprinted from Venture magazine. 
Copyright 1968 by Christian Service Bri- 
gade. Used by permission. 

The church which is striving to 
make full use of music in helping boys 
and girls develop strong Christian char- 
acter must, therefore, give careful at- 
tention to their early musical under- 
standing and development. Spiritual 
emphasis is obviously the key to real 
accomplishment in the choirs. A mere 
technical music session is not sufficient. 
The rehearsal presents a great oppor- 
tunity for relating the singers to spiri- 

tual truth in daily experience. 

Training through graded choirs can 
challenge young and old alike to more 
effective service in the church. A deep- 
er appreciation for reverence and wor- 
ship will be felt. Fundamentals of 
music will be taught. Lives will be in- 
fluenced to give their all for Christ. 
This is the challenge! 
-Reprinted by permission of Tips on Chris- 
tian Education Topics. ▼ 

February 22, 1969 


Grace Hikes Tuition 

In a recent announcement by Dr. 
Herman Hoyt, the college students 
discovered they would be paying fifty 
dollars more tuition per semester in 
the coming year, 1969-1970. Students 
received this news well, as was evi- 
denced by the lack of demonstrations, 
sit-ins, and picketers parading around 
the administration building. However, 
there were still some questions as to 
the necessity of this increase and many 
have threatened to "go someplace 

What was the main reason for this 
raise in tuition? As we all know, Grace 
is in a concentrated drive to gain ac- 
creditation with the North Central 
Association. This commission has in- 
dicated that the college needs to be 
strengthened in three main areas: one 

being the overworked and underpaid 
professors; another, our lack of a 
strong financial base for the operation 
of the school; and third, a library 
adequate to meet the needs of our 
rapidly growing student body. 

An annual subsidy of over $200 per 
student is needed above the amount 
students are paying to cover the actual 
cost of their education. This subsidy 
of $112,400 for 1968-1969 must be 
met through other means-mostly gifts 
from supporting Brethren churches, 
alumni, and friends. 

How does Grace stand in compari- 
son to other private Christian colleges? 
In a study of college expenses it was 
found that Grace stands slightly below 
average in total costs, as compared to 
other Christian liberal arts colleges 

across the nation, as well as colleges 
in Indiana. 

Grace is here because of faith. 
Our administration has faith that God 
will provide as long as this school is 
dedicated to Him. The records show 
He has never failed— many are sure He 
never will. This school needs your 
prayers and support. It may be possi- 
ble to get as good a Christian education 
elsewhere for less money, but the per- 
centages are in our favor. ▼ 
-By Christine Jenks 
Sounding Board feature editor 
(Editor's note: Dr. Hoyt's announcement 
stated that the tuition increase resulted from 
a recommendation of the Board of Trustees 
of the Grace Schools in order to "meet the 
spiral ing cost in private higher education to- 
day. " 

In addition to the fifty dollars per se- 
mester advance in college tuition, raising the 
total from $495 to $545 per semester: in the 
seminary, an increase of twenty-five dollars 
will raise the total from $275 to $300 per 



79 Percent 


Gifts for all purposes to Grace Schools total- 
ing $7,098.85 were received in the alumni office 
from 375 college and seminary alumni during 
the 1968 Alumni Fund Campaign, October 1 
through December 3 1 . 

This represents a seventy-nine percent increase 
over a total of $3,947.50 received during the 
same period in 1967. 

Not until our college financial office has re- 
ceived the offering reports from the churches 
will we know whether or not total alumni giving 
for 1968 exceeded the record amount of 
$37,768 given during 1967. This is due to the 
fact that many alumni give through their local 

Pastors and financial officers are urged to be 
prompt in sending in their offerings for Grace 
Schools along with a complete list of the donors. 
This is necessary in order to give proper credit 
to the individual donor and to his respective 

We are deeply grateful to those alumni who 

made this excellent partial-report possible. T 

—Thomas E. Hammers, Alumni Coordinator 


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Evans Joins Development Staff 

Mr. Richard Messner, director of de- 
velopment for Grace College and Semi- 
nary, has announced the addition of 
John D. Evans to the development 
staff of Grace Schools, effective im- 

Evans, 46, is a native of McKees- 
port, Pennsylvania. His education was 
received at Philadelphia College of 
Bible in Philadelphia, and at North 
Central College in Naperville, Illinois. 

He was employed by Gas Consumers 
Service in Long Island, New York; and 
was Chicago manager, responsible for 
the midwest operations, when he left 
Gas Consumers Service in 1963 to ac- 
cept a post with the Radio Free Europe 
Fund. Serving with RFEF for three 
years, he was responsible for directing 
state fund-raising campaigns in Illinois 
and Wisconsin. 

He then moved to a position with 
Ralph H. Goettler and Associates, a 

professional fund-raising firm. While 
with Goettler he directed two cam- 
paigns for the Salvation Army, one of 
which was 90 percent successful. 

He also helped to set up the Arizona 
Republican Finance Committee and 
just prior to his appointment to the 
Grace development staff he was direct- 
ing fund-raising campaigns in 22 south- 
western Ohio counties for the Ohio 
Republican Finance Committee. 

Evans was saved in 1955 in a non- 
denominational church in Oceanside, 
Long Island. He first became acquaint- 
ed with The Brethren Church through 
the First Brethren Church in Phila- 
delphia, when he was transferred to 
that area by his company. While work- 
ing in the Chicago area, he was a mem- 
ber of the Wheaton Grace Brethren 
Church, where he was Sunday-school 
superintendent for five years, vice- 
moderator of the church, and sponsor 

Student Union Revamped 

When Grace Schools assumed oper- 
ation of the Winona Lake Christian 
Assembly, college administrators felt 
that the Eskimo Inn would make an 
excellent student union. The student 
council was given permission to re- 
decorate the building. The student 
body voted to assess itself $10.00 per 
student, per semester, thus making 
available a total budget of $10,000. 

Gary Cole, sophomore class presi- 
dent, heads the redecoration commit- 
tee composed of Terry Cziraki, a senior 
from Bellflower, California; Jim Cur- 
rie, junior from Detroit, Michigan; and 
Janie Eisenhower, a junior from Al- 
toona, Pennsylvania. The student com- 
mittee is advised by professors Charles 
Henry and Alva Steffler. 

Students putting finishing touches on furn- 

Dominant colors in the new scheme 
will be dark walnut, black, and red. 
The Spanish motif will be enhanced 
through the use of a Mediterranean 
patterned carpet in the lounge and 
dining areas, red shutters on all the 

Players Find 

In spite of a recent loss on the court 
to our arch-rival, Goshen College, the 
basketball team enjoyed one of the 
most exciting and thrilling weeks of 
the season. It was through the media 
of basketball that two young men ac- 
cepted Christ as their personal Saviour. 

A 6 ft. freshman, Joe Shepherd, 
from Warsaw, Indiana, majoring in 
physical education, stopped in my 
office and stated that he had several 
questions concerning his spiritual con- 
dition. It wasn't long until I had the 
privilege of leading him to Christ. 

Within the week another freshman, 
Gary Boggs, 6 ft. 1 in. from Pierceton, 
Indiana, majoring in mathematics, no- 
ticed a real change in Joe's life. Gary 
related that he had asked Christ to 
show him the way within two weeks. 
In a squad meeting prior to the Goshen 
game, I asked each fellow to give a 
brief testimony. Gary simply stated 

The Evans Family 

of a youth group. 

He is married to the former Ruth 
Fisher. The Evanses have a three-year- 
old son, John, Jr., and reside at 1007 
Sunday Lane in Winona Lake. 

Evans' title will be Field Represen- 
tative and his specific duties will in- 
clude establishing volunteer support 
groups and doing counseling in the 
areas of wills, bequests, life income 
agreements and other facets of de- 
ferred giving. ▼ 

windows, Spanish-style chandeliers, 
and simulated brick tile in the snack 
bar area. The walls will be of rough, 
unfinished red cedar, and dark stained 
open beams will accentuate the white 
ceiling.- Ed Doornbos ▼ 

that he was not a Christian but he 
wanted to be and asked for our prayers. 
Two days later, Gary too, had the joy 
of salvation in his heart. 

Once again God has worked through 
the media of basketball to bring men 
to himself. Not only do I praise Him 
for the spiritual growth of the fellows 
on our squad, but for these two recent 
decisions for Christ. -Chet Kammerer, 
Grace College Basketball Coach 





if A 


Joe Shepherd, Coach Chet Kammerer, Gary 

February 22, 1969 




It was a happy and exciting day on 
Grace campus. January 21, when fac- 
ulty members and students opened the 
Spring semester with classes for the 
first time, on the lower level of the 
new library4earning center. 

Four beautiful carpeted classrooms, 
eight faculty offices and a Modern 
Language Listening Lab, all with wood- 
paneled walls, acoustical tiled ceilings 
and new modern furniture were opened 
for service. This marked the first 
phase of the library move-in. Seven 
of the offices are for individual full- 
time faculty members and the eighth is 
shared by several part-time teachers. 

More than twenty classes weekly, 
taught by nine different faculty mem- 
bers, have already been scheduled in 
the new facility, principally for the 
English and Speech and Modern Lan- 
guages departments. 

The Curriculum Library and Night 
Study areas which will be put into 
service when the building is completed, 
are presently filled with the furniture 
and equipment which will go into the 
grade and upper levels. 

Excellent progress is being made on 
the interior work necessary for the 
completion of the building-hopefully. 



in March. 

A formal dedication service for the 
local community and the entire student 
body is planned for Friday, May 2, 
1969. A convocation service will be 
conducted during the week of the 
Annual Conference of the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches, Au- 
gust 10-17, 1969, especially for the 
Brethren and friends from across the 
nation and from foreign lands. 

Approximately 5292,000 must be 
raised between now and August, 1969, 
in order to reach the goal of S650,000 
necessary to meet the cost of the 
building and furnishings. To date, 
almost S358,000 has been received in 
cash and faith-promises for the new 

A beautiful Sheaffer desk pen set 
engraved with a picture of the library 
and the words. In Appreciation, will 
be sent to any person making a cash 
gift or faith-promise in the amount of 
SI 00 or more between now and Au- 
gust, 1969. If desired, faith-promises 
may be payable over a period of three 
years or less. For details, write to 
Richard G. Messner, Director of De- 
velopment, Grace College and Semi- 
nary, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. ▼ 

Classroom in the new library. (Mrs. Paul 
Fink, Instructor in Speech and Education, 
in extreme background.) 

Library in winter. 


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Lower level classroom partitions being in- 



March 8. 1969 

)oor for Missions 




4 Brazil: The Land and 
Its People 

7 Offering Report 

10 Children's Page 

11 New Challenges Ahead 

12 Church News 

14 Church and Single 

16 A Heart of Praise 

Sound and Saviour 

18 The Surrendered Life 

20 WMC News 

Clyde K. Landrum, Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions— Rev. John W. Zielasko 

Grace Schools — Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

SMM — Miss Donna Hawbaker 

Laymen — Mr. Harold Jones 

March 8, 1969 


Foreign Missions 
and WMC Issue 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
Lake. Ind. Issued biweekly by The Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, 
Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: 
$4.00 a year, foreign, $5.00. Special rates 
to churches. 



«*- N 

Telling It Like It Is 

Pick of the Vital Books 

BMH Establishes 
Printing Plant 

Brethren Missionary Heraldi 

The Editor Speaks . . . 

By Clyde K. Landrum 

Several years ago I was impressed 
by a successful businessman as he 
stressed the slogan "See it big." This 
slogan seems to characterize the think- 
ing of many people; it is a slogan for 
success. Think big in moneymaking. 
Get to the top of the ladder of success. 
Be the biggest fish in the social pond. 
Be the greatest. But somehow this 
slogan seemed to overwhelm me. It 
was difficult for me to get hold of the 
handle and make it my own. 

More recently I have come across 
another slogan: SIB-KIS-"See it big, 
keep it simple." Charles E. "Tremen- 
dous" Jones, in his book Life Is Tre- 
mendous, stresses the fact that too 
often people fail to achieve in leader- 
ship and other matters through failure 
to "keep it simple." They get lost in 
and overwhelmed by the bigness of the 
task. This seems to affect children less 
than adults. How simply children 
speak of the accomplishment of big 
things. But the older they become 
the more they seem to lose the simple 
trusting faith. 

The wise parent is the one who ex- 
emplifies the fact that it is a big world 
in which we live, and that the problems 
are complex, but that there are avail- 
able means for solutions to the prob- 
lems at all times. It is a wise pastor 
who preaches the bigness of the task 
of world-winning, but who stresses the 
simplicity of God's plan for accom- 
plishing it. The successful layman is 
the man who sees his pastor as God's 
gift to the church for a teacher of the 
Word and for an instructor in soul- 
winning, and who simply assumes his 

responsibility to go out and accom- 
plish God's purpose for his life. The 
achieving Christian is one who sees 
with Caleb and Joshua the giants in the 
land, but who is willing by faith to 
cross over and take the land. 

It is so easy to miss the bigness of 
life on our planet earth, and the chal- 
lenge of living to the highest degree— to 
the utmost. Human nature is prone to 
see life as incomprehensible to man 
and impractical of achievement by 
man, or it magnifies man and sees him 
as master of his soul. Extremes are 
attractive; man's talents are minimized 
and downgraded by some, while others 
maintain that man's capabilities are all 
important. The flight of the astronauts 
to the moon did a lot in my way of 
thinking to bring things more into bal- 
ance. Surely this flight did much to 
show how great things man can accom- 
plish, and what intricate systems he 
can fabricate. But the testimony of 
the men as they viewed earth from the 
moon was that it was a very small 
piece of real estate after all. They 
seemed to sense the fact of the great- 
ness of God and the solar system which 
He created, but also the possibility of 
man's accomplishing some things— great 
things— as he depends upon God for 
the practical simple solutions. 

Life can be exciting. Whether in 
business, in the home, at school, in the 
church, life in Christ can be meaning- 
ful. We must never miss the bigness of 
life with its great challenges, but at the 
same time we must find the simple and 
practical key that opens the door to 
these great challenges. ▼ 

rch 8, 1969 


Open Door for Witness 

Brethren Missionary Hera 


razil is half a continent: half 
the land area and half the population 
of South America. It stretches from 
just north of the equator southward 
2,680 miles, touching every South 
American country except Chile and 
Ecuador. The history, geography, 
culture, climate, and people combine 
to make Brazil a fabulous land of con- 
trasts and a Brethren mission field 
"white unto harvest." 

This land was claimed for Portugal 
by navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral in 
1500. At first colonization was slow. 
Then in 1549 the Portuguese govern- 
ment financed several hundred colonies 
which settled along the Atlantic and 
Caribbean coasts. By the nineteenth 
century Brazil began to feel reverber- 
ations of the ideas behind the French 
and American revolutions, and on 
September 7, 1882, without a war, 
Brazil declared its independence. 

Indians are native to Brazil, as they 
are to North America. They are found 
principally in the great Amazon basin— 
the basin formed by the Amazon river 
system. This area covers one-and-a- 
half million square miles-one-third of 
the land area of Brazil. Because the 
Indian population is decreasing at an 
alarming rate, the government has ini- 
tiated concerted efforts to protect 
them and their culture. 

While the Indian population is de- 
ceasing, the overall population is the 
fastest growing in South America. At 
present ninety million people live in 
the land, and the projection is that by 
the turn of the century 200 million 
iouls will be living in the twenty-two 
states, four federal territories, and the 
Federal district of Brasilia. 

Slave traders introduced the Negroes 
Jito Brazil early in the colonial period, 
rhey were freed in 1888, and they 
tave migrated to all parts of Brazil. 
Large numbers of Italians, Germans, 
ind other Europeans have settled in 
Brazil. These settlements are mostly 
dong the 3,642-mile coastline. Be- 
cause of the intermarriage of all of 
hese races, Brazil is truly a racial and 
cultural melting pot. And because of 
he intermarriage there is virtually no 
ace distinction nor race problem. In 
ecent years hundreds of Japanese col- 
mies have helped expand the agricul- 

Third in a series- 

on Brethren Foreign Fields 

tural and urban development, especial- 
ly in the interior. These colonies pre- 
sent another open door in this already 
challenging mission field of Brazil. 

Brazil's cultural and economic de- 
velopment is like a jump from the 
eighteenth century into the twentieth 
without the transition of the nine- 
teenth-century industrial revolution. 
The tremendous contrast between the 
very rich and the very poor is gradually 
being reduced by the emergence of a 
working middle class. 

Although inflation has been slowed, 
it is still a factor in retarding economic 
stability. This inflation adversely af- 
fects the mission dollar by decreasing 
its purchasing power, also. 

Less than half the people in Brazil 
can read and write. But because of 
compulsory education, improving eco- 
nomic conditions, and a growing inter- 
est in learning, more and more people 
are acquiring the ability to read. The 
government is aiming to have the coun- 
try 95 percent literate by the year 
2000. Private education (mostly Cath- 
olic) trains about 12 percent of the 

primary students, 67 percent of the 
secondary, and 55 percent of those in 
higher education. Economic advantage 
seems to affect most directly the 
literacy. In the south about 90 per- 
cent of the people can read and write, 
while in the north and northeast less 
than 40 percent have this advantage. 

The nature of the immigration has 
resulted in 90 percent of the people 
classifying themselves as Roman Cath- 
olics. Even though many of these 
people attend the "Espiritists" meet- 
ings or are not active in any religion, 
they still prefer to call themselves 

After more than 100 years of Prot- 
estant missionary effort in Brazil, only 
about five million claim to be be- 
lievers. Of these, about three million 
are members of approximately 16,000 
congregations, who are of many differ- 
ent denominational groups. The Pente- 
costal movement is the fastest growing 
Protestant group in Brazil. The Ad- 
ventists are experiencing considerable 
growth as a result of a weekly radio 
program over 300 stations, and a fol- 



darch 8, 1969 

low-up program. The Mormons, Je- 
hovah's Witnesses, and other cults are 
also very active. 

When the apostle Paul wrote to the 
Corinthians he said, "For a great door 
and effectual is open unto me, and 
there are many adversaries" (I Cor. 
16:9). The door for preaching the 
Gospel in Brazil is as wide open as the 
vision of Brethren missionary support- 
ers. Twenty years ago this year Breth- 
ren missionary faith stepped through 
Brazil's open door. How far we walk 
through the open door in the future 
depends upon how many are willing to 
come to Brazil and, also, how many 
are willing to send them. 

The Mission and the Missionaries 

In 1949, The Brethren Church en- 
tered Brazil. After careful investiga- 
tion, Keith and Vivian Altig began 
their pioneer work in Icoaraci, a town 
just north of the port city of Belem. 
The Amazon delta area was chosen be- 
cause very little was being done there 
in gospel witness. 

Today the church in Icoaraci is in 
the hands of a national pastor, Rai- 
mundo Cardoso, a son of one of the 
first families to come to Christ in 
Icoaraci. Many of the missionaries 
have contributed to this work, and the 
residence in Icoaraci has become the 
headquarters of the mission. At pres- 
ent Miss Barbara Hulse is the only 
missionary assigned to help in the 
church program there, although much 
of her work is a ministry for the grow- 
ing missionary staff— bookkeeping, rec- 
ords, correspondence, and such. 

When Eddie and Eileen Miller ar- 
rived on the field in 1950, it was de- 
termined that they should begin a new 
work in Macapa, across the river and 
capital of the territory of Amapa. It 
has proven to be a city of opportunity. 
Today the entire Macapa work is pas- 
tored by a national, Pastor Trinity. 

Belem is a city of 500,000. Many 
people move here to get rich, yet re- 
main poor. Because of the poverty, it 
is very difficult to establish self-sup- 
porting churches, but the missionaries 
are trusting God to lead and supply. 

Ralph and Martha Schwartz are 
heading up the work in Belem. Duke 

"...More and more 
people are learning to read. 
The government is aiming 
for 95% literacy by 2000/' 

and Judy Wallace are working in Belem, 
and Tim and Sandy Farner will also be 
helping out when they finish language 
study in July. 

The Eddie Millers are now located 
on the eastern edge of Belem and 
much of their present work is in getting 
literature into the hands of the work- 
ers, and selling literature in strategic 
places in town. 

One of the tremendous challenges 
to the Brethren in Brazil is the string 
of towns and villas along the highway 
connecting the states of Para and 
Maranhao. The first venture on this 
road was in Capanema, where the John 
Zielasko family began a work in 1956. 
Earle and Dorothy Hodgdon are caring 
for Capanema now. 

In Kilometer 47, where the key is 
a layman who has a heart to serve the 
Lord, the work has begun to leap for- 
ward in the last year. Both Earle 
Hodgdon and Eddie Miller are making 
regular trips there to teach and preach, 
but the new building is entirely of the 

Castanhal was entered in 1965 by 
the Altigs. When they depart for fur- 
lough this summer, the work will be 
taken over by Ernie and Elaine Bear- 
inger, who will have finished their 
language study. 

The Brazil field council has decided 
to claim another challenge in the town 

of Santa Isabel. George and Evelyn: 
Johnson will be taking up this new 
work upon their return from furlough 
this summer. 

Kwang Ja Park, the newest membei 
of the staff, is expected on the field 
soon, and after language study, hei 
special ministry will be among the 
many Japanese people of our area. 

The river ministry continues. There 
are many people living and working 
among the islands and in the bays o: 
the river from Belem to Quatipuru 
Bill Burk has felt a special challenge 
to evangelize these neglected people 
During the Burks' present term, whicl, 
has extended to five years, four smal 
congregations have been established ii 
the bay of Quatipuru. Neco, a youni 
man recently licensed to minister, wa 
trained by Mr. Burk to take over thi 

As to the future, there is much ti 
be done on the 175 miles of the Para, 
Maranhao highway. Nothing has beei, 
begun in the numerous towns an< 
villas on the Belem-Brasilia highway 
There are many bays and islands wher 
the Gospel is needed. The mission' 
only restraint is lack of personnel, bot! 
national and missionary. Would yd 
pray for laborers? Would you help 
The local effort seems so small in re 
lation to a great nation which need 
the Gospel. 

Brethren Missionary Hera! 



JANUARY 1, 1968 TO DECEMBER 31, 1968 


Accident, Md $ 152.00 

Aleppo, Pa 318.35 

Coolville, Ohio 117.74 

Grafton, W. Va 294.19 

Jenners,Pa 1,549.71 

Listie,Pa 2,150.60 

Meyersdale, Pa 2,383.42 

Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills) 717.67 

Parkersburg, W. Va. ... 1,104.06 

Pittsburgh, Pa 225.79 

Stoystown, Pa. (Reading) 326.42 

Uniontown, Pa 4,670.00 

Washington, Pa 1,886.09 

Westernport,Md 301.83 

Allegheny District, Misc. 602.02 

$ 16,799.89 


Altoona, Pa. (First) ...$ 1,711.00 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) .. . 2,415.66 

Conemaugh,Pa 6,031.59 

Conemaugh , Pa . (Pike) . . 5 ,290 . 1 6 

(Singer Hill) 2,326.91 


(Leamersville) 2,989.56 

Everett, Pa 2,627.40 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. 

(Vicksburg) 3,216.61 

Hopewell, Pa 468.60 

Jefferson Center, Pa. .. 13.95 
Johnstown, Pa. (First) . . 10,045.98 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Geistown) 304.36 

Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 3,805.78 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) . . 6,987.10 
Kittanning, Pa. 

(North Buffalo) 1 ,090.45 

Martinsburg,Pa 5,296.63 

East District, Misc. ... 500.00 



Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . . $ 4,487.41 

Fort Myers, Fla 1,060.30 

Maitland, Fla 33.75 

Margate, Fla 1,535.44 

Okeechobee, Fla 90.00 

Pompano Beach, Fla. . . 4,428.46 

St. Petersburg, Fla. ... 33.00 

$ 11,668.36 


Berne, Ind $ 5,523.78 

Borden, Ind. 

(Sellersburg) 182.25 

Clay City, Ind 370.00 

Elkhart, Ind 5,915.53 

Flora, Ind 1,763.14 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 6,674.32 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Grace) 442.23 

Goshen, Ind 1,364.30 

Indianapolis, Ind 675.25 

Kokomo,Ind 823.53 

Leesburg, Ind 2,666.86 

Osceola, Ind 8,520.91 

Peru, Ind 1,885.54 

Sidney, Ind 2,083.91 

South Bend, Ind 1,454.80 

Warsaw, Ind 3,744.06 

Wheatonjll 1,636.85 

Winona Lake, Ind 6,735.31 

$ 52,462.57 


Cedar Rapids, Iowa .... $ 457.61 

Dallas Center, Iowa .... 3,970.80 

Davenport, Iowa 514.00 

Garwin, Iowa 2,469.60 

Leon, Iowa 1,544.29 

North English, Iowa 

(Pleasant Grove) .... 360.02 

Omaha, Nebr 164.60 

Waterloo, Iowa 8,622.34 

Winona, Minn 152.33 

Iowa District, Misc. . . . 42.35 

$ 18,297.94 

Alto, Mich 

$ 1,683 50 

Berrien Springs, Mich. . 


Hastings, Mich. 


Lake Odessa, Mich. . . 


Lansing, Mich 


New Troy, Mich 


Trout Lake, Mich. . . . 


Michigan District, Misc. 


$ 7,125.16 


Alexandria, Va $ 745.58 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Calvary) 2,639.53 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Gay Street) 505.85 

Hagerstown, Md. 

(Grace) 9,588.89 

Martinsburg, W. Va. ... 2,971.00 

Seven Fountains, Va. .. 33.00 
Washington, D.C. 

(First) 4,370.61 

Washington, D.C. 

(Grace) 899.45 

Waynesboro, Pa 7,228.91 

Winchester, Va 4,443.87 

$ 33,426.69 


Albuquerque, N. Mex. . . $ 476.78 

Arvada,Colo 641.72 

Beaver City, Nebr 163.20 

Cheyenne, Wyo 300.00 

Counselor, N. Mex. ... 381.45 

Denver, Colo 1,053.37 

Portis, Kan 2,854.40 

Taos, N. Mex 755.17 

Midwest District, Misc.. . 61.27 

$ 6,687.36 


Allentown,Pa $ 714.99 

Elizabethtown, Pa 682.41 

Harrisburg, Pa 6,005.65 

Hatboro,Pa 1,061.73 

Lancaster, Pa 4,820.18 

Manheim,Pa 1,005.01 

Myerstown,Pa 159.00 

New Holland, Pa 2,344.45 

Palmyra, Pa 2,155.68 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 7,733.63 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 6,064.72 

Stratford, New Jersey. . . 39.10 
Telford, Pa. 

(Penn Valley) 3,005.60 

York, Pa 2,400.00 

Northern Atlantic 

District, Misc 134.00 

$ 38,326.15 

March 8, 1969 


Chico, Calif. . ." $ 736.79 

Grass Valley, Calif 318.22 

Modesto, Calif. 

(Greenwood) 1,795.00 

Modesto, Calif. 

(La Loma) 8,836.39 

Ripon, Calif 273.69 

Sacramento, Calif 1,070.77 

San Jose, Calif 710.60 

Tracy, Calif 627.42 

Nor-Cal District, Misc. . . 15.70 

$ 14,384.58 


Ashland, Ohio (Grace) .. $ 5,796.47 
Ashland, Ohio 

(Southview) 4,972.54 

Bellville, Ohio 

(Ankenytown) 2,107.73 

Danville, Ohio 717.86 

Defiance, Ohio 830.10 

Findlay.Ohio 539.46 

Fremont, Ohio 1,934.91 

Galion, Ohio 456.88 

Lexington, Ohio 927.25 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 6,732.55 
Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville) 3,057.73 

Worthington, Ohio 

(Columbus) 2,773.60 

Northcentral Ohio Dist., 

Misc 75.00 

$ 30,922.08 


Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) $ 2,127.17 

Akron, Ohio (First) 3,726.98 

Barberton, Ohio 805.93 

Canton, Ohio 2,802.88 

Cleveland, Ohio 1,413.11 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio . . . 1,927.91 

Elyria, Ohio 846.75 

Homerville,Ohio 2,949.14 

Middlebranch, Ohio .... 7,364.00 

Minerva, Ohio 290.27 

Rittman, Ohio 4,585.50 

Sterling, Ohio 2,027.47 

Wooster, Ohio 21,995.72 

Northeastern Ohio Dist., 

Misc 25.50 

$ 52,888.33 


Albany, Oreg $ 1,320.00 

Beaverton, Oreg 594.91 

Bothell,Wash 260.21 

Grandview, Wash 1,158.28 

Harrah,Wash 1,726.49 

Kent, Wash 2,443.50 

Mabton,Wash 281.09 

Portland, Oreg 601.00 

Richland, Wash 78.77 

Spokane, Wash. 

(Opportunity) 900.52 

Sunny side, Wash 5,192.67 

Toppenish, Wash 1,447.67 

Yakima, Wash 1,645.08 

$ 17,650.19 


Atlanta, Ga $ 140.66 

BoonesMill,Va 96.00 

Buena Vista, Va 669.03 

Covington, Va 2,678.94 

Fredericksburg, Va. ... 1 1 1 .00 

Hollins,Va 1,937.08 

Johnson City, Tenn. . . . 1,565.22 

Radford, Va 811.13 

Richmond, Va 231.00 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Clearbrook) 583.50 

Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) 330.00 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) . . 9,777.43 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Gospel Brethren) . . . 25.00 
Roanoke, Va. 

(Washington Heights) 510.10 

Telford, Tenn 2,360.06 

Virginia Beach, Va 1 80.57 

$ 22,006.72 


Anaheim, Calif $ 2,260.16 

Beaumont, Calif 2,495.21 

Bell, Calif 494.10 

Bellflower, Calif 3,137.45 

Fillmore, Calif 505.69 

Gardena, Calif 596.05 

Glendale, Calif 1,102.11 

Grand Terrace, Calif. .. . 1,314.26 

Inglewood, Calif 3,485.54 

La Habra, Calif 2,075.85 

La Puente, Calif 431.52 

La Verne, Calif 964.50 

Lakewood, Calif. 

(Artesia) 92.56 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(Community) 1,398.21 

Long Beach , Calif. (First) 2 1 ,894 .98 
Long Beach, Calif. 

(Los Altos) 5,973.10 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(North Long Beach) . . 30,886.83 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

(Community) 1,808.20 

Montclair, Calif 645.32 

Norwalk, Calif 4,991.30 

Orange, Calif 540.20 

Phoenix, Ariz 1,228.56 

Rialto, Calif 1,002.20 

Rowland Heights, Calif. 

(Hillside) 138.10 

San Bernardino, Calif. . . 1,770.92 

San Diego, Calif 230.78 

Santa Barbara, Calif. . . . 468.47 

Santa Maria, Calif 33.85 

Seal Beach, Calif 2,356.14 

Simi, Calif 394.19 

South Gate, Calif 548.75 

South Pasadena, Calif. . . 829.28 

Temple City, Calif 373.26 

Tucson, Ariz 675.23 

West Covina, Calif 654.62 

Westminster, Calif 3,588.32 

Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) 5,647.81 

Whittier, Calif. (First). . . 4,404.69 
Southern Calif-Ariz. 

Dist., Misc 481.10 

$ 111,919.41 


Brookville, Ohio $ 1,217.29 

Camden, Ohio 465.35 

Clayhole,Ky 203.62 

Clayton, Ohio 1,559.16 

Covington, Ohio 33.00 

Dayton, Ohio 

(Basore Road) 414.00 

Dayton, Ohio (First) . . . 11,699.42 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Huber Heights) .... 26.00 
Dayton, Ohio 

(North Riverdale) . . . 7,639.89 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Patterson Park) .... 1,224.45 

Dryhill,Ky 36.00 

Engle wood, Ohio 6,476.60 

Kettering, Ohio 1,314.88 

Sinking Spring, Ohio . . . 125.62 

Trot wood, Ohio 1,230.87 

Troy, Ohio 349.99 

Vandalia, Ohio 1,416.79 

West Alexandria, Ohio . . 356.38 
Southern Ohio Dist., 

Misc 15.00 

$ 35,804.31 


Akron, Ohio 

(Hillwood Chapel) . . . $ 520.00 
Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald Co 60.00 

Grace College & Seminary 400.00 

Hawaii 3,064.15 

National Laymen 10.73 

National Miscellaneous . . 25,666.83 

National SMM 1,412.50 

National WMC 13,303.07 

Puerto Rico 66.90 

$ 44,504.18 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

















in 1968 
















Long Beach, Calif. (North Long 

Beach) $ 30,886.83 

Wooster, Ohio 21,995.72 

Long Beach, Calif. (First) 21 ,894.98 

Dayton, Ohio (First) 11 ,699.42 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 10,045.98 

Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) 9,777.43 

Hagerstown, Md. (Grace) 9,588.89 

Modesto, Calif. (La Loma) 8,836.39 

Waterloo, Iowa 8,622.34 

Osceola, Ind 8,520.91 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) 7,733.63 

Dayton, Ohio (North Riverdale) . . . 7,639.89 

Middlebranch, Ohio 7,364.00 

Waynesboro, Pa 7,228.91 

Kittanning, Pa 6,987.10 

Winona Lake, Ind 6,735.31 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 6,732.55 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 6,674.32 

Englewood, Ohio 6,476.60 

Philadelphia, Pa. (Third) 6,064.72 

Conemaugh, Pa 6,03 1 .59 

Harrisburg, Pa 6,005.65 

Long Beach, Calif. (Los Altos) 5,973.10 

Elkhart, Ind 5,915.53 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) 5,796.47 

Whittier, Calif. (Community) 5,647.81 

Berne, Ind 5,523.78 

Martinsburg, Pa 5,296.63 

Conemaugh, Pa. (Pike) 5,290.16 

Sunnyside, Wash 5,192.67 

Norwalk, Calif 4,991 .30 

Ashland, Ohio (Southview) 4,972.54 

Lancaster, Pa 4,820.18 

Uniontown, Pa 4,670.00 

Rittman, Ohio 4,585.50 

Fort Lauderdale, Fla 4,487.41 

Winchester, Va 4,443.87 

Pompano Beach, Fla 4,428.46 

Whittier, Calif. (First) 4,404.69 

Washington, D.C. (First) 4,370.61 

Dallas Center, Iowa 3,970.80 

Johnstown, Pa. (Riverside) 3,805.78 

Warsaw, Ind 3,744.06 

Akron, Ohio (First) 3,726.98 

Westminster, Calif 3,588.32 

Inglewood, Calif 3,485.54 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. (Vicksburg) 3,216.61 

Bellflower, Calif 3,137.45 

Mansfield, Ohio (Woodville) 3,057.73 

Telford, Pa. (Penn Valley) 3,005.60 

March 8, 1969 


MHC Project 

Missionary Helpers Clubs across the country are help- 
ing to raise support money for Kenny Paul Burk. Praise 
the Lord for nearly $ 1 10 which has come in so far! 

Kenny Paul is seven years old, and he lives in the little 
jungle village of Quatipuru (pronounced kwah-chee-poo- 
roo)-which means Squirrel Town-'m tropical Brazil. 
Many of our boys and girls will get to meet Kenny Paul 
when he comes on furlough this year with his family. 
The Burks will be at national conference, too. 

In the picture below you can see the fine group of 
Brazilians who attend church services at Quatipuru. 
About 650 people like this attend Brethren churches in 
Brazil every Sunday. 

Kenny Paul, second from the right in the other picture 
below, is listening to the Sunday-school lesson taught 
in Portuguese, which is the language spoken in Brazil. 

Kenny Paul Burk 





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Brethren Missionary Herald ' 

A Moment wilt) Missions 


By Rev. John W. Zielasko 

Ihe midyear meeting of the Board 
of Trustees of the Foreign Missionary 
Society was held in Winona Lake, In- 
diana, Monday through Thursday, Jan- 
uary 27-30. All board members were 
present to study and evaluate reports 
from the fields. Among the routine 
matters of business were the following 
items of interest: 

The Roger Peughs will proceed to 
Germany sometime in June. They will 
spend the first year in language study 
and further investigation of the area 
where the work will begin. As of now 
the city of Stuttgart is tentatively re- 
garded as the target area. 

Candidates were approved for Afri- 
ca, France, and Puerto Rico. Their 
appointments are subject to total sup- 
port commitments, and their names 
will be presented to the churches as 


The FMS board of trustees has directed that the follow- 
ing announcement be made to the Brotherhood: 

The English-language work in Puerto Rico is no longer 
under the direction of the Foreign Missionary Society. 
This work is now self-supporting under the leadership of 
Pastor Max Brenneman. The society is continuing Puerto 
Rico as an approved mission field and is looking for Spanish- 
speaking leadership to be called to this needy field. The 
Brotherhood is urged to continue to pray for the English- 
speaking work under the direction of the Brennemans, and 
to remember the need for Spanish-speaking missionaries. 

soon as details can be worked out with 
respect to their service. 

Improvements in transportation, liv- 
ing conditions, and schooling on many 
fields now makes it possible to rethink 
the traditional furlough plan of one 

Left to right, standing: Homer Kent, Sr., Dean Fetterhoff, Raymond Thompson, Herman 
Schumacher, Bernard Schneider, Glenn O'Neal, Wesley Haller, Ivan Moomaw, John Whit- 
comb, James McClellan. Seated: John Zielasko, W. A. Ogden, Kenneth Ashman. Mr. 
Zielasko and Mr. Thompson are FMS staff members; the other eleven constitute the board 
of trustees. 

March 8, 1969 

year in the homeland for every term 
of service overseas. Now, optional 
plans are offered to our missionary 
family which in many cases better suit 
their situations and make for greater 
efficiency on the field. A missionary 
may select one of the following plans: 
(1) Traditional furlough; that is, one 
year in the U.S. for every term over- 
seas; (2) Four months furlough after 
thirty-two months on field; (3) Three 
months of furlough after twenty-four 
months on field. 

The goodness of the Lord, showered 
upon the Foreign Missionary Society in 
the form of a significant increase in 
foreign mission giving, is cause for re- 
joicing, and we do praise God for each 
of you who has enabled Brethren for- 
eign missions to send out new mission- 
aries besides meeting the increase in 
field expenses. This year's budget calls 
for an increase of over $55,000. 

The opportunities, challenges, and 
problems facing foreign missions in 
1969 are staggering beyond descrip- 
tion. We pray that our God will give 
to the Brethren foreign missions fam- 
ily the grace to endure the hardships, 
the compassion to meet the needs, the 
courage to face the challenges, and the 
vision to embrace the opportunities. ▼ 


Griffith has announced his resignation 
as pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
effective July 1, 1969. His future 
plans are indefinite. 


Falkenberg, president of Bible Liter- 
ature International, was the guest 
speaker at the First Brethren Church 
on Feb. 2. Mr. Falkenberg has visited 
many mission fields around the world, 
and was in Saigon in Jan. 1968 during 
the communist surprise New Year's 
attack. David L. Hocking, pastor. 

RICHLAND, WASH. Rev. Nelson 
Hall has received a unanimous call to 
serve as pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church here for another year. The 
church has set a Sunday-school en- 
rollment goal of 75 for 1969. 

wood Grace Brethren Church was host 
of the Nor-Cal district youth rally on 
Jan. 17-18. It was attended by 135 
youth from all eight churches in the 
district. The program featured a Bible 
quiz, film, singspiration, bowling, and 
volleyball. For the Bible hour, a local 
physician spoke. Robert C. Kliewer, 

ALEXANDRIA, VA. On Jan. 19, 
Richard E. Grant tendered his resigna- 
tion as pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church in order to accept the call to 
become pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Mansfield, Ohio. Mr. Grant 
will assume his new pastoral duties in 
Mansfield on Sunday, April 20, 1969. 

dance averaged 22 1 for a six-night Boys 
and Girls Round-Up at the Community 
Grace Brethren Church, Feb. 4-9, with 
Cowboy Ken and Aunt Marge Schmidt. 
Peak attendance was Sunday night 
with 306. There were over 100 boys 
and girls who professed decisions for 
Christ during the campaign. Ralph J. 
Colburn, pastor. 

MAITLAND, FLA. Phil and Myrna 
White, musicians with Jack Wyrtzen's 
Word of Life team brought special 
music for the morning worship service 
at the Maitland Grace Brethren Church. 
There were 64 present at the service. 
R. Paul Miller, pastor. 

CHANGE. The address of Rev. and 
Mrs. Stanley Jensen is now 5347 Kirt- 
land, Lakewood, Calif. 90713. The 
telephone number is 213-920-2320. 
The new address of Dr. and Mrs. L. L. 
Grubb is 1908 E. Kirkwood Ave., 
Orange, Calif. 92667. Phone: area 
714, 532-3802. All correspondence 
for the Orange, Calif., church should 
be sent to 2219 E. Fairhaven Ave., 
Orange, Calif. 92667; and the new 
church phone number is area 714, 
633-8867. The telephone number of 
Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., should be 
area 219, 267-5706. Dr. Charles W. 
Mayes has been called as the interim 
pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
Whittier. Calif. He began his ministry 
Feb. 2. His address will remain the 
same as currently listed in the Annual. 
Rev. Nelson Hall, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Richland, Wash., re- 
quests that all mail be sent to his home 
address, 1609 Jadwin Ave., Richland, 
Wash. 99352. The new address of Rev. 
Harold P. Combs, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Community Church, West 
Alexandria, Ohio, is 9206 Kipton Dr., 
Carlisle, Ohio 45005. Please change 
your Annual. 

lain (Lieutenant Colonel) Orville A. 
Lorenz was awarded the Army Com- 
mendation Medal, First Oak Leaf Clus- 
ter, for meritorious performance of 
duty while assigned as chaplain, and 
as the Assistant Army Chaplain for 
Reserve Affairs, San Francisco, during 
his tour of duty there. He was sighted 
for exhibiting outstanding qualities of 
competence, leadership and mature 
judgment in establishing rapport with 
ecclesiastic officials, speaking to senior 
pre-theological students about the Staff 
Specialist Program, and his keen in- 
terest in every Reserve Component 

Christie has resigned as pastor of the 
First Brethren Church, effective June 
16, 1969. Future plans are indefinite 
at present. 

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Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 


Akron, Ohio 
Defiance, Ohio 
Hagerstown, Md. 
York, Pa. 
Modesto, Calif. 


Mar. 9-16 
Mar. 9-16 
Mar. 16-23 
Mar. 16-23 
Mar. 18-23 


Maynard Tittle 
A. Harold Arrington 
Kenneth Wilt 
J. Paul Miller 

Ankenytown, Ohio Mar. 24-30 Larry Gegner 


Joe Shultz 
Mason Cooper 
James Dixon 
Dean Fetterhoff 
Ken and Marge 

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Brethren Missionary Herald ' 

WeJJing BJL 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Nancy Levergood and Thomas Col- 
lins. Nov. 30, Geistown Grace Brethren 
Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

Judith Ann Grubb and Joel Ray 
' Lingenfelter, Jan. 13, Grace Brethren 
! Church, Everett, Pa. 

Sandy Updyke and Roger Moore, 
Jan. 18, First Brethren Church, Fort 
Wayne, Ind. 

Ruth Dunning and Keith Benson, 
Jan. 31, Community Grace Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Bonnie Wandel and Robert Wall, 
| Feb. 2, West Homer Brethren Church, 
: Homerville, Ohio. 

Kaye Fortney and Tom Hahn, Feb. 
15, Woodville Grace Brethren Church, 
Mansfield, Ohio. 

Janet Snyder and Dan Hunt, Feb. 
15, Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lau- 
derdale. Fla. 

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Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

BAILEY, H. A., who faithfully at- 
tended the First Brethren Church of 
Grandview, Wash., went to be with 
the Lord Sept. 25. He was a member 
of the First Brethren Church of Sun- 
nyside. George R. Christie, pastor. 

COLEMAN, Frank G., 84, slipped 
into the Lord's presence Dec. 21. He 
served pastorates in three Brethren 
churches for 21 years. During that 
time he was a trustee of Ashland Col- 
lege and Seminary, a member of the 
National Home Missions Board, moder- 
ator of the Southeastern District, and 
President of the Southwestern Mis- 
sions Board. In 1937 he helped orga- 
nize and establish Grace Theological 
Seminary and was a member of the 
Doard of trustees. Burial was at Co- 
umbus, Ohio. 

CORRELL, John, a member of the 
Community Grace Brethren Church, 
-ong Beach, Calif., and former mem- 
ber of the West Homer Brethren 
Church, Homerville, Ohio, died Feb. 1. 
ie was the father of Shirley Coates, 
vife of Glenn Coates, pastor of the 
: indlay (Ohio) Brethren Church. Rob- 
rt Holmes, pastor. 

ADAMS, Emmett, a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Rittman, Ohio, 
went to be with the Lord on Jan. 25. 
Charles W. Turner, pastor. 

DRIGGS, Ralph Waldo, a charter 
member of the First Brethren Church 
of Compton, Calif., and of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Chico, Calif., 
slipped home to be with the Lord Jan. 
22. He served as a member of the dis- 
trict mission board for many years. 
Pastors George Peek and Ralph Col- 
burn officiated at the memorial service. 

EICKHOFF, Fred T., 54, a member 
of the Goshen, Ind., Grace Brethren 
Church, passed away Jan. 21 after a 
prolonged illness. Services were con- 
ducted by Rev. E. William Male, inter- 
im pastor. 

GEIBIG, Gene, a member of the 
Geistown Grace Brethren Church, 
Johnstown, Pa., passed away Nov. 28. 
Ralph Burns, pastor. 

HAMMERS, Thomas H, a faithful 
member and trustee of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Johnstown, Pa., passed 
away recently. Clair W. Gartland, in- 
terim pastor. 

HORNER, Edith, of the First Breth- 
ren Church, Johnstown, Pa., passed 
away recently. Clair W. Gartland, in- 
terim pastor. 

HUBER, Lester, went to be with 
the Lord suddenly Jan. 21. He was 
the visitation pastor of the Norwalk 
Brethren Church, and had previously 
served in Africa. W. Stanley Jensen, 

LAMBERSON, Edna, a member of 
the Bellflower Brethren Church, Bell- 
flower, Calif., went to be with the 
Lord on Jan. 12. She had been on a 
restricted activity schedule for the past 
several months. Edwin E. Cashman, 

LITTLE, Ethel A., 82, served faith- 
fully in the Grace Brethren Church of 
Seal Beach, Calif., before going to be 
with the Lord on Jan. 15. Thomas D. 
McClellan, pastor. 

STOVER, Minnie, a member of the 
First Brethren Church, Sunnyside, 
Wash., went to be with the Lord Aug. 
14. She faithfully attended the First 
Brethren Church of Grandview, Wash. 
George R. Christie, pastor. 

A banquet scene 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. On Jan. 31, 
the youth groups from Martinsburg, 
W. Va., Waynesboro, Pa., and Hagers- 
town, Md., met for their combined 
annual youth week banquet at the 
Calvary Brethren Church in Hagers- 
town. There were 80 in attendance. 
The teens from Waynesboro presented 
a skit written by Pastor Wendell Kent, 
portraying some board members of the 
Foreign Missionary Society as they 
interviewed several missionary candi- 
dates. After the banquet, the group 
saw the film, Shadow of the Boomer- 
ang. A. Harold Arrington, pastor. 

Group at the Hagerstown youth banquet 
presenting the skit 

Wch 8, 1969 


Church and 
Single Adults 

By Elva McAllaster 

Dr. Elva McAllaster, a professor of English 
at Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois, is 
a widely published poet. 

Every church congregation has single adults: 
a divorcee, with worry lines between her eyebrows; 
a widower or two; a personable young bachelor, 
thirty-two on his last birthday and getting bald, 
engrossed in his stereo and magazines when he isn't 
at the office. And for each single adult male there 
is a bevy of matrimonially unattached females, 
ranging in age from eighteen to eighty-eight. 

Any generalization about the single adult is, 
of course, likely to be a (Continued on next page) 


Brethren Missionary Herali 

faulty generalization. My friend Chuck 
is a Phi Beta Kappa university man, 
teaches music and art, goes to Europe 
every other summer. Whatever I say 
about him wouldn't apply to my friend 
Susan, who works in a drab office and 
considers reading Ann Landers the 
most interesting event of her day. 

The church has too often almost 
ignored the single adults, thereby over- 
looking a very valuable source and also 
failing to minister to an important seg- 
ment of the church. For the single 
adult, as much as or even more than 
any other church member, needs the 
fellowship of the church, needs a sense 
of belonging, needs identity, needs per- 
sonal relationships and associations 
that are warmer than "good morning" 
in a narthex. Warmer and longer and 
broader and deeper. 

Instead of supplying these needs 
however, the church often does the 
single a grave disservice. First, it plants 
the idea that marriage is intended and 
expected for everyone. It tells its 
teen-agers to give their lives to God 
and let Him direct them as to whom 
they will marry. But our society being 
what it is numerically, there just won't 
be a "whom" for a good many of 
these people, especially if they make 
the best choices at every turn in their 
young lives. 

Second, it seems to me that the 
church world in America today tends 
to exaggerate the segregation of single 
adults from their married contempo- 
raries. For example, where do the 
single adults fit into the social struc- 
ture of your church? Do you have a 
Young Marrieds group, and an Older 
Young Marrieds group, and a Older- 
Older Young Marrieds group, and a 
Couples-in-Their-Sunset-Years group 
for Sunday school or Bible study or 
whatever else your church organizes? 
Do your ushers and your Sunday- 
school staff convey subtle messages to 
the single adults, suggesting that they 
are second-class citizens and something 
close to outcasts? That there is no 
place, really for them? Ask some of 
your staunchest church families to re- 
view their social calendars for the past 
six months to see whether their hos- 
pitality has pulled some of the single 
adults more warmly into the fellow- 
ship of the church. The church should 
not tend to limit the single adult so- 
cially to other single adults, with 
whom he may not have much in com- 

mon except the category of his single- 

The church should also realize that 
in the structure of our society many a 
single adult will have his moody mo- 
ments of wondering: wondering if this 
is the way life was meant to be lived; 
wondering if that latest unseemly suit- 
or should have been accepted after all; 
wondering whether and where the 
architects missed their instructions in 
the blueprint for the present house of 

To such moments of such persons, 
the church has something to say, some- 
thing more than it has often been say- 
ing. For the Christian, every aspect of 
life can be committed to Christ. The 
moodiest moments of one's personal 
life can be moments of new commit- 
ment, new exploration of God's grace. 
Actually and truly, the single adult has 
his own designated possibilities for 
twentieth-century sainthood-possibil- 
ities which many of the singles have 
not even thought about and certainly 
have not explored. And the twentieth 
century needs sainthood exemplified, 
needs it desperately. 

The church can tell the singles, 
furthermore, that what Paul said about 
being free to serve Christ rather than 
being bound to the responsibilities of 
pleasing a human spouse still has its 
relevance. The roster of almost any 
mission board will reveal the valuable 
contributions the single adult can make. 
And single adults are just as expend- 
able in the home church. 

Of course, single adults do some- 
times have a curious tendency— too 
much of a tendency— to let themselves 
drift off to the edges of the activity 
in a church. They let the married 
George do it so far as singing in the 
choir, teaching the citizens in Sunday 
school, serving on the numerous com- 
mittees, ushering, calling. Because 
they're shy? Because they have de- 
veloped habits of avoiding responsibil- 
ity in their private lives, having avoided 
the other responsibilities of matrimony , 
home, and offspring? Because they are 
still somewhat emotionally unable to 
give of themselves? Whatever the case, 
the church should see to it that single 
adults do hold positions of responsibil- 
ity and service. 

Single adults need to recognize and 
remember that human beings are made 
to be purveyors of warmth and kindli- 
ness and concern to other human be- 

ings. The person who is not a conduit 
for such concern can be squashed flat 
by the pressures of life. And in his 
church, if he has a right attitude toward 
it, and if the church is responsive the 
adult who happens not to be a conduit 
within a family unit can establish con- 
tacts which he needs just as much as 
they need him. 

When I was a youngster on a farm, 
I seldom filled out a Sears Roebuck 
order blank without feeling cheated 
because I didn't have a street address 
to write in the printed blank that said 
"Street Address." It took me an in- 
credibly long time to notice that any- 
one who did have the street address 
would have to skip the R.F.D. Route 
and Box Number blanks. Similarly, if 
the single adult doesn't have an adoring 
husband, neither does she have a grum- 
bling one. She has her leisures, her 
trips, her tranquil hours, her many 
recreations. She can savor each of her 
own experiences zestfully, and she 
doesn't have to embitter the savoring 
by comparing her R.F.D. numbers with 
the street addresses that she might now 
have had she made certain other 

Thus the church can tell the single 
adults that they (as much as any logi- 
cally or illogically grouped segments of 
humanity) could do well to sing often 
the old Sunday-school song "Count 
Your Many Blessings." Nobody has all 
the benefits of life. Anyone can ruin 
his mental health and his spiritual poise 
by counting his neighbor's blessings. 
The medieval theologians weren't very 
far wrong when they put envy as one 
of the seven deadly sins. 

And the church can show the single 
adults that they may stand in real 
peril of being both stupid and sinful 
by checking up too often on their own 
happiness. Despite prevalent American 
modes of conduct, it is not written 
into the Ten Commandments that 
everyone must be happy. Further- 
more, happiness is a will-o'-the-wisp 
that flits away when it is pursued. Per- 
haps more than their tied-down coun- 
terparts, the singles need to realize that 
their responsibility is to go about giv- 
ing gladness rather than searching after 
it. If they are to have real happiness 
for the giving, then the church should 
be their constant and continuing re- 


-Reprinted with permission from 
The Church Herald 

VWch 8, 1969 



I he Lord is good-first, in giving 
us salvation; and then, if we commit 
our lives to Him, He has promised to 
direct them," says Lois Kennedy. She 
continues: "This is what the Bible tells 
us in Proverbs 3.5 and 6: 'Trust in the 
Lord with all thine heart; and lean not 
unto thine own understanding. In all 
thy ways acknowledge him, and he 
shall direct thy paths.' I praise Him 
for making all these things true in my 
life, both at home in the States and 
also here in Africa." 

Lois Kennedy is grateful for the 
Lord's goodness as manifested in many 
ways in her life. She was born into a 
Christian home and accepted Christ as 
her Saviour when she was a child. She 
praises God that her parents, who are 
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Hall, know 
the Lord and are serving Him. Her 
father is now a licensed Brethren min- 
ister who is pastoring the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Willis, Virginia. Of her 
parents, Lois says: "Their influence 
and help in my early years can never 
be fully known." 

Roanoke, Virginia, was Lois's birth- 
place, and except for several years in 
New Jersey she lived in that area until 
she went away to college. Her home 
church was the Clearbrook Brethren 
Church. The Lord used a summer 
camp to draw her closer to himself. 
She dedicated her life to His service. 

Following her high school gradua- 
tion, Lois worked in the area for several 
years. But, "I was never really satis- 
fied," she says, "for I felt that the 
Lord would have me attend school for 
further education." In 1949 she en- 
tered Grace College in Winona Lake, 
Indiana. Then she was permitted to 
enter Grace Theological Seminary, and 
in 1952 she graduated. By that time 
she was Mrs. Lester Kennedy; their 
marriage had taken place in the sum- 
mer of 1950. 

However, it was not at Grace that 
Lois and Lester met. One year her 
home church had been looking for a 
student who might be interested in be- 
ing their pastor for the summer 
months. As church secretary, it was 
Lois's job to write to one young man 
who consented to come for the sum- 
mer. His name was Lester Kennedy. 

Lois recalls: "Before I even knew 
Lester or anything about him, our SMM 
had a towel and an offering which we 
wanted to give him because he was an 
MK. Well, it fell my lot to embroider 





By Marcia Wardell 

the name of the church at the top of 
the towel; then the money was con- 
cealed under a candle design on the 
towel. I completely forgot about the 
project. But after we were married, I 
found Lester still had the towel— and I 

Lois's husband was born on the mis- 
sion field in Africa and at an early age 
yielded his life to the Lord for mission- 
ary service. So, French Equatorial 
Africa became the destination of the 
young couple, and they left the U.S. 
in the early fall of 1952. 

They stopped in Paris, France, for 
nine months of concentrated study of 
the French language, and in the sum- 
mer of 1953 they completed their 
journey to Africa. A few months were 
occupied with the study of Sango at 
the Bible Center, and then for a few 
months they lived at Bellevue. In 
February of 1954 they moved to 
M'Baiki in the tropical forest country, 
southermost of the mission stations, 

and this has been their home the re- 
mainder of their years in Africa. 

When the Kennedy family returned 
to the U.S. after their second term, the 
furlough extended to several years. 
During this time they lived at Lime- 
stone, Tennessee, and Mr. Kennedy 
pastored the Brethren church there. 
But the Lord enabled them to resume 
their missionary service in the summer 
of 1966. Lester and Lois have re- 
tained their membership in the Lime- 
stone church. 

God has blessed the Kennedys with 
a fine family of five children: Judith 
was born in Paris; Lester, Jr., and Rich- 
ard in Africa; and Daniel and Joyce 
during the later years spent in the U.S. 
The older son and daughter, now teen- 
agers, live with their grandparents in 
Virginia; it was their privilege to spend 
the past summer with the family in 
Africa, including their other grand- 
mother, Mrs. Minnie Kennedy, who is 
also a missionary. 

Concerning her present work, Lois 
Kennedy says: "Some of my duties be- 
sides those of a housewife and mother 
include teaching in the elementary 
Bible school, and working in the OTN 
(WMC) and girls' work. Our field has 
Pygmies but thus far there is no special 
work among them. We have visited 
them several times and there are some 
who come to the chapels out in the 
forest. There are a few who have ac- 
cepted Christ as Saviour and have been 
baptized. Pray that the Lord will call 
many more." 

This missionary worker, wife and 
mother, is indeed one who has com- 
mitted her all to the Lord, thus know- 
ing His direction for her life, and her 
heart is full of praise because of it. T 

Rev. and Mrs. 



Brethren Missionary Herald 

By Mrs. Robert Firl 

Mrs. Firl is the wife of Rev. 
Robert Firl, pastor of the Hack- 
berry Hill Grace Brethren Church, 
Arvada, Colorado. 




The thoughts and ideas surrounding 
the title, Sound and Savour, began at 
the WMC meetings at national confer- 
ence. It was there that the sumbol of 
victory for our theme, The Victorious 
Life, was presented and its signifi- 
cance explained. The symbol was a 
bell. We were exhorted to ring out 
bells of praise, love, and encourage- 
ment, throughout the year as evidence 
of the victories we were having in 
Christ. The toll (sound) of the bell 
was to resound victory. What a blessed 
idea! I wanted to share this with my 
WMC ladies, and to give it the fullest 
meaning so I felt I needed a bell to 
ring. I looked many places. But I 
know now God had a particular bell 
that He wanted me to discover. 

As I was leafing through a catalog, 
there it was— Fragrance Bell. My heart 
leaped with joy. The thought of a 
fragrant victory, as well as a joyful 
victory made my mind race with ideas. 
At this point I didn't even realize that 
this lovely bell actually gave forth a 
sound. I was too taken up with the 
thought of its fragrance, and the spiri- 
tual significance it had for me as a 
WMC woman. When it was pointed 
out that the bell also gave forth a 
sound, I was thrilled and excited for 
I had found what I thought was a per- 
fect symbol of victory. 

The Fragrance Bell, I believe, is the 
perfect symbol of victory because of 
the two dimensions of sound and sa- 
vour which it encompasses. The di- 
mension of sound is the outer quality, 
and the dimension of savour is the 
inner quality. If the Fragrance Bell 
lacked either of these qualities, the 
toll would be less effective and lasting. 
Thus, both are essential to the effec- 
tiveness of the victory bell. The sig- 
nificance of these qualities as they re- 
late to the Christian and his experiences 
of victory challenged me. 

Every Christian is, in a sense, a 

Fragrance Bell. The outer quality or 
sound is the witness that the Chris- 
tian bears of his salvation and life in 
Christ. The Psalmist said: "Let the 
redeemed of the Lord say so . . ." 
(107:2). Our testimony of the grace of 
God and His work in our lives should 
resound clearly and loudly. Our sound 
must be distinct, for there are many 
kinds of voices in the world, and none 
is without signification. We are to 
"utter . . . words easy to be under- 
stood." What is your sound effect? 
May it be said of us, as it was of the 
Thessalonians, "For from you sounded 
out the word of the Lord ... in every 
place your faith to God-ward is spread 
abroad . . ." (I Thess. 1 :8). 

The Christian's inner quality is the 
sweet fragrance of Christ. This is 
brought out in II Corinthians 2:15-17, 
"For we are unto God a sweet savour 
of Christ, in them that are saved, and 
in them that perish: To the one we are 
the savour of death unto death; and to 
the other the savour of life unto 

Our quality is fragrance— His. He 
is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gen- 
tleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and 
temperance. Our victory is dependent 
upon our personal contact with Christ 
through His word and prayer: as He 
talks to us, and we talk to Him. By 
faith in His power in our lives, we too 
may experience many victories and 
ring out bells of praise, love, and en- 
couragement, and spread the sweet 
fragrance of Christ to all those around 
us. Some who hear will not hear, and 
thus perish; but those who are saved 
will be edified and challenged to live 
more victoriously through Him. 

What victory-to be a Fragrance Bell 
for our wonderful Lord. May it be our 
experience to sound "out the word of 
the Lord," and to be "a sweet savour 
of Christ" to the end that He might 
be honored and glorified. ▼ 

March 8, 1969 


When I first heard the expression- 
Women Manifesting Christ taken from 
the letters, WMC which had always 
stood for Women's Missionary Council, 
I realized what a blessing this could be, 
in that, it would surely be an incentive 
to follow our Lord in a closer way and 
live more wholly for Him. 

One may be made to wonder just 
what it means to manifest Christ. Be- 
fore being able to do so, it is evident 
there are three things that must be 
effaced from our lives: Conformity to 
the world, the flesh and the devil. 

To act like, to look like, or to live 
like the world cannot manifest the 
Holy Christ who was in the world but 
was not a part of it. His life was pure. 
His motives and actions holy. Can we, 
in our mind, scan the fruit of the Spirit 
and find one thing on the list in which 
He was not perfect? Perhaps someone 
might say, "in joy" because He was 
called "... a man of sorrows, and ac- 
quainted with grief . . . ." His sorrows 
and grief were not for himself, but for 
others— the lost ones. His joy was per- 
fect, complete in His Father, in the 
Spirit and in those sheep who had re- 
turned to the fold (Luke 15:6). He 
was perfect and sinless in this world 
of sin and He could say, "Which of you 
convincethme of sin? . . ."(John 8:46). 

"Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look 
full in His wonderful face; 

And the things of earth will grow 
strangly dim 

In the light of His glory and grace." 

We who are not without sin need to 
consider that He, the Perfect One, lives 
within His own. Not only what we are, 
but what we do, what we say, how 
we dress, how we live and how we 
react to the things of the world need 
always to reflect or manifest Christ. 
That also, not only the Heavenly 
Father, but our friends and our enemies 
as well, may not see us but will see 
the One who abides within. "Christ 
in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27). 

As the world grows dim, the flesh, 
the ego, the I, the self must also be 

"And they that are Christ's have 
crucified the flesh . . ." (Gal. 5:24). 
Christ says in His Word, "I do always 



By Florence Bickel 

Miss Bickel is one of our retired mis- 
sionaries, living at Winona Lake, Indiana. 

those things that please him" (John 
8:29). Paul gives his complete com- 
mitment in Galatians 2:20, "I am cru- 
cified with Christ . . . ." This took 
place at Calvary. But why did we need 
to die if Christ gave His life in our 
place? Praise God!— that He might 
live His life through us in His holy 
way and be made manifest to the 
whole world. How then can we be- 
little His holy name by trying to live 
our own lives for sinful self? 

However reluctant we may be to 
face it, however indifferently we may 
act toward it, or however neglectfully 
we may treat it, the fact remains un- 
altered and unalterable that if the life 
of complete victory over self, the 
world, and the devil is to be to us a 
present possession and a practical ex- 

WMC Officiary 

President-Mrs. William H. Schaffer, 4218 N.E. 131 PL, 
Portland, Oreg. 97230 

First Vice-president-Mrs. Richard Placeway, 540 Ran- 
dall Rd„ Elyria, Ohio 44038 

Second Vice-president-Mrs. Phillip J. Simmons, 10600 
S. E. 226th St., Kent, Wash. 98031 

Recording Secretary-Mrs. Williard Smith, 400 Queen 
St., Minerva, Ohio 44657 

Assistant Recording Secretary-Mrs. Dan Pacheco, R. R. 
3, Warsaw, lnd. 46580 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer-Mrs. Robert Ashman, 602 
Chestnut St., Winona Lake, lnd. 46590 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer-Mrs. Earle Cole, 
2753 Elmwood Ave., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221 

Literature Secretary-Mrs. Charles Koontz, R. R. 3, War- 
saw, lnd. 46580 

Editor-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker, 100 4th St., Winona Lake, 
lnd. 46590 

Prayer Chairman-Mrs. J. Paul Dowdy, Box 104, Winona 
Lake, lnd. 46590 

SMM Patroness-Mrs. Robert Boze, 255 Dearborn, Berne 
lnd. 46711 

Assistant SMM Patroness-Mrs. Gerald Polman, 824 N. 
Verde Ave.. Rialto Calif. 92376 

perience, self must be removed. It 
must die (Eph. 4:22-24). As one has 
said: "There is a great difference be- 
tween realizing that on the cross Christ 
was crucified for me, and on that cross 
I was crucified with Him." The first 
aspect brings us deliverance from the 
condemnation of sin, and the second, 
deliverance from the power of sin. If 
we know this as fact and experience, 
we can claim, with Paul, the wonderful 
testimony of Galatians 2:20. 

To one who asked George Muller 
the secret of his life of faith and ser- 
vice, he replied: "There was a day 
when I died." As he spoke he bent 
lower until he almost touched the 
floor— continuing he added: "Died to 
George Muller, his opinions, tastes, 
preferences and will, died to the world, 
its approval or sensure, died to the ap- 
proval or blame even of my brethren 
or friends, and since then I have stud- 
ied only to show myself approved un- 
to God." 

When we give ourselves to our Lord 
and truly die to self does that mean 
that we are perfect and sinless? Ab- 
solutely not. But by experiencing His 
perpetual presence, being "alive unto 
God . . ." (Rom. 6:11), and yielding 
our whole being to Him the victory is 
possible. "And that he died for all, 
that they who live should not hence- 
forth live unto themselves, but unto 
him who died for them, and rose 
again" (II Cor. 5:15 New Scofield 
Reference Bible). 

Our life is not to be the imitation 
of a splendid model, but the indwelling 
of a living person. Not the manifesta- 
tion of our good works, but the mani- 
festation of Christ who is our life. 

Because God's own have accepted 
the death life, one may not conclude 
that Satan will leave us and that a life 
of joy and peace without disturbance 
will ensue. No indeed! Constant joy 
and peace in the Saviour will be main- 
tained, but we will be a special target 
for the evil one as he still knows all of 
our human faults and frailties and will 
continue to attack on every side. He 
also knows our weakest moments and 
is always ready with some solution if 
we are puzzled or have a decision to 


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make. If some good deed is accom- 
plished, the imp of pride is ready with 
a prod. If acts or motives are bad, his 
excuses are so keen and smooth they 
are difficult to recognize as excuses. 
If we follow the world and our con- 
science pricks, he will whisper: "Well, 
you do not want to look or be like a 
square, do you? You are not quite as 
extreme as so-and-so." With subtlety 
he will try to trap those who would 
evade him. But there is great joy and 
peace in the fact that we can smile in 
the face of all of this and turn our 
backs, leaving the devil in the hands of 
the Blessed One who has already been 
his conqueror. 

It has been said that, "This life is 
only the dressing room for eternity." 
God wants us to be beautiful and the 
Holy Spirit, who garnished the earth 
with beauty, speaks often of it in the 
Word. This is not man-made beauty 
but the beauty of holiness, the ever- 
lasting beauty which our Lord sees, 
for which we are seeking. It is here 
then, in this life, that those, "To 
whom God would make known what 
is the riches of the glory [or beauty] 
of this mystery among the Gentiles 
. . ." (Col. 1:27), must manifest and 
reveal, "Christ in you, the hope of 

The world knows no greater chal- 
lenge than the surrendered life. This 
is the only way in which we can mani- 
fest Christ. 

" 'No longer I but Christ.' O 
precious Lord, 

How can I speak the sweetness of 
this word, 

By which from bondage Thou hast 
set me free, 


This month begins our national of- 
fering emphasis for foreign missions. 
It will go toward the purchase of 
kitchen equipment for the African 
field council and the remaining 
money to be used for building 
houses for students at the Bible In- 

Giving me perfect liberty in Thee. His is the Kingdom, therefore His 

'No longer I, but Christ'— then am I the power; 

'dead'; He knoweth how to keep in perfect 

'Buried' that self no longer come peace 

between The soul in which His reign doth 

His love and souls. Henceforth be never cease. 

only seen 'No longer I, but Christ,'— I may 

The beauty and the glory of my not choose, 

Lord But follow each command, nor e'er 

Upon His child:— His power in every refuse 

word, A call to serve, whatsoe'er it be, 

His life in every act, and look and For Jesus calls and is enough for 

tone; me. 

Mine the sweet peace, the glory His O life of sweetest liberty so blest, 

alone. I yield Him all and He does all the 

'No longer I.' When comes tempta- rest." 

tion's hour, -Freda Hanbury Allen 



Margaret Ann McDairmant May 1 1 , 1965 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 
Daniel Keith Hocking May 21 , 1958 

B. P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 
Camille Sue Cone May 26, 1955 

B. P. 36, Bossangoa via Bangui, Central African Republic 


Rev. Gordon L. Austin May 5 

O'Higgins 3168, Buenos Aires 29, Argentina, S.A. 
Rev. Robert J. Cover May 19 

Marcelo Alvear 703, Rio Cuarto, F.C.N.G.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S.A. 
Benjamin Paul Fay May 22, 1961 

Corrientes 2, Almafuerte, F.C.B.M., Prov. Cordoba, Argentina, S.A. 


Mrs. Earle C. Hodgdon May 13 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 
Mrs. Ernest H. Bearinger May 15 

Caixa Postal 368, Belem, Para, Brazil 


Mrs. David W. Shargel May 23 

50 rue des Galibouds, 73-Albertville, France 


Mrs. James P. Dowdy May 4 

5864 Teal Lane, El Paso, Texas 79924 
Lorita Marguerita Guerena May 9, 1958 

Apartado 8-961, Mexico 8, D.F., Mexico 


Miss Grace Byron May 7 

105 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
Nathan Allan Johnson May 14, 1959 

588 Emerick, Wooster, Ohio 44691 
Marilyn Joy Johnson May 17, 1957 

588 Emerick, Wooster, Ohio 44691 
Patrice Robbins May 22, 1956 

200 S. Main Street, Hightstown, New Jersey 08520 

March 8, 1969 


Allegheny District 

The Allegheny District WMC has 
much to be thankful for this past year 
and it is striving to make this new year 
even better as we claim the victorious 
life in Christ. 

We introduced WMC board meet- 
ings for the first time this past year. 
We had one in the spring to evaluate 
our work, and one in the fall to plan 
the new year's work. We have found 
these to be very profitable to WMC 
and the SMM. 

Our fall rally was held in Union- 
town, Pennsylvania, on October 3. Our 
attendance was eighty. Accident, 
Maryland, won the attendance plaque 
for the first time. We had four first- 
time Bible readers with a lady report- 
ing she had read the Bible through 
twelve times. A new feature will be 
the presentation of an award to the 
WMC in the district with the highest 
percentage of its members reading the 
Bible through in one year. If the 
award is received three years in suc- 
cession it will become the permanent 
possession of the WMC. 

The project of $550 toward the 
support of the David Shargels in Africa 
was presented by showing their slide- 

Allegheny District officers (left to right) Mrs. James Hoffmeyer, 
Mrs. William Firl, Mrs. Shimer Darr, Mrs. Russell Yoder, Mrs. Glenn 
Herring, Mrs. Edward Hillegass, Mrs. Roy Kreimes. 

tape set. The offering was sufficient 
to reach the goal. 

The missionary film, The Paul Carl- 
son Story was shown and a very stir- 
ring challenge was given by Mrs. Roy 
Kreimes, our program chairman. 

National conference echoes were 
heard from ladies who had been in at- 

WMC News 

tendance at conference. During the 
SMM challenge time, Mrs. Donald Cale, 
SMM patroness of the district, showed 
slides taken at national conference 
when our own Miss Allegheny 1968, 
Pamela Edenfield of Uniontown, was 

crowned as National SMM Girl of the 
Year. Needless to say, we were very 
pleased to have one from our district 
receive this honor. Mrs. Cale's SMM 
challenge made us see our girls as rare 
gems in the treasure chest of WMC. 
Each one is precious and deserves our 

Looking forward to our spring rally 
we again have as our goal $550. One 
hundred fifty dollars for chests of 
auto-repair tools for our Africa mis- 
sionaries. The goal includes $400 to- 
ward the expenses of a young man 
from our district who will go to Argen- 
tina this summer as a cadet missionary 
with TIME. 

Our year's theme is our goal and 
challenge: "The Victorious Life." 


"All I Can Do Is Pray for You" 

This is a phrase we use almost apologetically 
to others in times of illness, tragedy, distress. 
Yet this is the greatest service we can do for 

An unknown Christian said: "Let us never 
forget that the greatest thing we can do for 
God or man is pray. For we can accomplish 
far more by our prayers than by our work. 
Prayer is omnipotent; it can do anything God 
can do. When we pray God works. All fruit- 
fulness is outcome of prayer." 

In Ephesians 3:20 we read: "Now unto him 
that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above 
all that we ask or think, according to the power 
that worketh in us." 

Our petitions can never exceed His ability 
to answer. 

(Editor's Note: TJiis devotional was taken from the 
Northeastern Ohio district paper the Councilette and 
was written by Mrs. June Turner, district prayer chair- 

It Takes Courage... 

To refrain from gossip when others about you 

delight in it. 
To stand up for an absent person who is being 

To live honestly within your means and not 

dishonestly on the means of others. 
To be a real man, a true woman, by holding 

fast to your Christian ideals when it causes 

you to be looked upon as a strange and 

peculiar person. 
To be talked about and yet remain quiet when 

a word would justify you in the eyes of 

others, but which you cannot speak without 

injury to another. 
To refuse to do a thing which is wrong, though 

others do it. 
To dress according to your income, and to 

deny yourself what you cannot afford to 

To live always according to your convictions. 
— From Pastor's Herald 


Brethren Missionary Herald 


'e have had testimonies from 
the SMM Girl of the Year and her court 
and from the national SMM officers. 1 
thought maybe some of you didn't 
realize there is a group of SMM girls at 
Grace College, so this month we are 
going to hear from some of them. 
They will be telling you what SMM 
means to them. 

"SMM has always been a special 
part of my life. Throughout my child- 
hood and adolescent years, my Chris- 
tian mother, who always had her 
thoughts heavenward, encouraged me 
to attend SMM. How thankful I am 
for this guidance, for through it I have 
found many wonderful friends. It has 
been the fellowship of SMM girls that 
has helped me to grow in the Lord. 
There is just something about a group 
of girls sharing in God's Word, com- 
muning with God in prayer for specific 
requests, and working together toward 
certain goals that is unique." 

—Kathy Laubender, president 

A^s I try to evaluate SMM and what 
it has meant to me, I believe one of its 
many values is the lesson I learned in 
responsibility. It was sometimes the 
single responsibility of being at a meet- 
ing. Other times there were more in- 
volved responsibilities like those of be- 
ing a hostess or taking part in the 
actual program. 

SMM, like any organization, means 
teamwork. But it is a special kind of 
teamwork with Christ as the captain 
of the team. I am thankful that I 
have had a part in fellowshiping, pray- 
ing, and working with a team of SMM 
girls who are dedicated to the Lord and 
His work. 

-Judy Jamagin, vice-president 

I hirteen— Unlucky? No, wonder- 
ful! Thirteen wonderful years in SMM. 
As a junior in Grace College, it hardly 
seems possible that SMM and I have 
been partners for so long. 

As a little girl I awaited with great 
anticipation my first meeting of junior 
SMM. Memories of ruffled dresses, 
memory verses, offerings tied in a 
handkerchief, and rolling bandages 
flood my thoughts. Our group was an 
exciting one, and the patronesses en- 
joyed helping us with our goals. 

Middler SMM and the giddiness of 
junior high girls. Personal lessons on 
Christian living and learning good- 
grooming tips from an attractive moth- 
er in our church. Mission studies, sew- 
ing surgical wrappers, and a fashion 
show produced and created all by our- 
selves for the WMC. 

Senior SMM and high school. Our 
church was interested enough to have 
an organization just for us in our im- 

portant years. Personal devotions— a 
valentine party for fellows. Brethren 
doctrine and lessons about the home. 
District SMM and the position of 
treasurer. Just we girls and an exciting 
patroness whom we felt was one of us. 

That is all it took for SMM to be a 
going thing with me from the start, 
thirteen years ago. Now it is my third 
year in College-Career SMM. SMM 
girls from all over the U.S. united in 
friendship. Some are national officers. 
All are keeping in touch with SMM. 
For me SMM is a habit, a treasured 
one. Make it yours. I am glad our 
church has women who care. 

-Charlene Bess, publicity chairman 

Charlene Bess 

March 8, 1969 


/Although I find myself very much 
involved in the hustle and bustle of 
college life, I especially look forward 
to Sunday afternoons when we have 
our SMM meetings. Here at Grace 
SMM is a little different than it was at 
home. Yes, we have meetings with 
Bible and mission studies, but we are 
also trying something new. As our 
project for this year we are attempting 
to get involved in other SMM groups 
here in this area. By so doing, we are 
given the opportunity to teach and 
help other girls become more acquaint- 
ed with the Lord of our lives. I thank 
God for this opportunity of serving 
Him through SMM. 

-Jean Brown 

Jean Brown 

V*ollege SMM here at Grace has 
meant much to me. It is a time each 
month when we, as girls, fellowship 
with each other and get away from the 
busy activities of college to relax for an 

hour or two. It sometimes means a 
slumber party, a progressive supper, or 
another type of social event. 

But I find it more than a social 
time. It is a time when we look into 


Carolyn Luce 

God's Word and find a portion or 
topic to discuss. Then we personalize 
it for each one of us. We take time to 
pray and share our requests. There is 
the mission study that keeps us aware 
of those on foreign soil who are lost 
and need a Saviour. It is a time when 
we are reassured that some ladies care 
for us, as college girls away from home, 
and are willing to help with our SMM 

Each time as the meeting draws to 
a close, we hate to return to college, 
but we know we must. We have been 
"recharged" for the long hard month 
that lies ahead. (Studying that lan- 
guage, or math, or history, isn't the 
easiest thing to do.) To the dorm we 
go with a renewed zeal to work harder 
and to do our best, not for ourselves, 
but for the Lord. 

-Carolyn Luce 

laving finished one semester of 
college, I can now see how SMM has 
helped me in my daily life. The most 
important aspect is my fellowship with 
God. A girl never realizes how much 
she has learned from the Bible studies 
until she is suddenly on her own, with 
no one telling her to memorize Scrip- 
ture and have her devotions. Many 
girls are now struggling to learn the 
same Bible verses I learned in SMM. 

A girl can also have close fellow- 
ship with other girls who believe the 
same and have similar problems. This 
can mean strength and encouragement 
in conquering those problems. 

I have found that the more a girl 
is involved in SMM, the more blessings 
she receives. Go to the meetings look- 
ing for good fellowship and strength 
for the Christian life. Remember to 
enjoy SMM and learn as much as pos- 
sible from the Bible studies, from the 
missionary letters, and from your own 
devotions, and it will strengthen your 
own testimony for the Lord. 

-Rose Leistner 

Rose Leistner 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Elisabeth Elliot 

Two dollars and ninety-five cents 
for sixty-three sparsely-covered pages 
is a pretty dear cup of tea or ink, even 
if it is prepared by the pen of Mrs. 
Addison Leitch, better known as Elisa- 
beth Elliot. She recently married Dr. 
Addison Leitch, educator and writer. 
May felicities reign. 

The content of this booklet, The 
Liberty of Obedience (Waco, Texas: 
Word Books, 1968), evolved during 
her stay among the Aucas. In that 
period she had time and reason to re- 
evaluate her picture of how God must 
work in transforming lives. Her con- 
clusions first appeared as a series of 
articles in The Sunday School Times, 
here reprinted with a running com- 
mentary. The articles examined such 
questions as what is worldliness and 
what, really, is service to God. 

Most of the questions are sane 
enough and even necessary. Every 
Christian must at some time come to 
grips with what the Bible means by 
worldliness and, conversely, what con- 
stitutes righteousness. But what could 
possibly justify linking savagery, hea- 
thendom, and sin with the Aucas and 
identifying civilization, Christendom, 
and righteousness with America? The 
whole of this little book is an account 
of Elisabeth Elliot's efforts to work 
free of this misconception. 

For extended treatments of the 
same themes see her No Graven Image 
(New York: Harper and Row, 1966, 
244 pages, $3.95) and her brother 
Thomas Howard's Christ the Tiger 
(Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Com- 
pany, 1967, 160 pages, paper, $3.95). 
What Elisabeth Elliot does for the mis- 
sionary scene, Howard does for the 
American religious scene. Both have a 
flair for spotlighting the myopic in 
evangelical church life. Each chronicles 
the American propensity to substitute 

cliches and trivia for momentous theo- 
logical judgments and basics of the 

Christ the Tiger is a lilting auto- 
biography. Howard plays a violin with 
words. No Graven Image comes closer 
to being an overgrown tract cast in 
novel form. Presumably, one of the 
criteria of a novel is the creation of an 
aura of reality. Unfortunately, Mar- 
garet Sparhawk, the heroine of No 
Graven Image, just is not believable. 
Every incident in the book is all too 
credible. But Margaret seems to be 
merely a convenient hook for collect- 
ing them all in one place with no con- 
sideration given to psychological pos- 
sibility. The strength of both of these 
books lies in their sharp, and some- 
times caustic, observation. They go 
far toward achieving Robert Burns's 
yen: to see ourselves as others see us. 
The weakest portion of each is what 
might be called the author's "case for 
my present state of mind." The break 
in style and continuity between How- 
ard's autobiography and his "case" is 
sharp enough as to be a major flaw in 
the book. 

Easily the best of Elisabeth Elliot's 
books so far is her biography of R. 
Kenneth Strachan, Who Shall Ascend 
(New York: Harper and Row, 1968, 
171 pages, $5.95). Strachan was one 
of the outstanding mission leaders of 
this century. His innovations were 
striking, maybe even brilliant. The 
superlatives could easily roll on. He 
indubitably was a great man. But the 
virtue of this book is that it never for- 

Any of the books reviewed 
on this page may be ordered 
from the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590. We pay 

gets which is the adjective and which 
is the noun. Though he was great, he 
is throughout presented as a man. 
There is none of the saccharine adula- 
tion which vitiated her biography of 
Jim Elliot, Shadow of the Almighty 
(New York: Harper and Brothers, 1958, 
256 pages, $3.75). Strachan emerges 
complete with foibles, perplexities, and 
inconsistencies, e.g., vocalized concern 
for his children coupled with absentee 
parenthood. The man who throughout 
his career served as a spiritual bulwark 
to many was himself never at ease in 
Zion. He underwent recurring periods 
of anxiety lest his own devotional 
fervor be deficient for one in God's 

What comes through with force and 
ringing clarity is that it is sinners that 
God uses. Erring, stumbling though 
twice-born sinners are the agency of 
redeeming love. The mission of the 
church need not and dare not wait on 
the appearance of mythic spiritual 
superheroes. There are none such; 
clay feet are universal. The church's 
mission is being carried forward daily 
by fallible men spurred by love for 
God and desire to serve their fellow- 
men. Of this latter class, Strachan is 
an outstanding example. And this 
account of his life is by far the best 
missionary biography I have read. 


Catherine Marshall (New York: 
Avon Books, c1967, 1968), 501 pages, 
paper, $1.25. 

Christy Huddleston at nineteen left 
her protected Asheville home to teach 
in a mission school in the Smoky 
Mountains. There, feuds, poverty, and 
superstition defied her inexperienced 
efforts to help. Sensitive and impetu- 
ous, she found the sights and smells in- 
tolerable. But she stuck it out, and 
this book traces her growing involve- 
ment with the mountain folk. Her 
religious faith was challenged, but 
through doubt and desperation she 
came to know God in a way she had 
never thought possible. 

Fiction based on fact, Christy is one 
of the finest, most captivating books 
I have read.— Lois I. Baker 

March 8, 1969 


A Challenging Ministry — 
An Answer to Prayer — 


Mr. Bruce Brickel, former owner and operator of Bruce- 
Print in Wadsworth, Ohio, and a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Rittman, Ohio, will head up the new 
department of printing at the Brethren Missionary Herald 
Co., Winona Lake, Indiana. The plant will be established 
and begin operation as soon as the equipment, which is 
now being purchased, can be installed. 

In addition to doing printing work for the Missionary 
Herald Company, it is anticipated that the plant will serve 
the printing needs of the various boards of the National 
Fellowship of Brethren Churches, and local Brethren 

The Brickel family: Left to 
right, front row: Nita, Lynn 
and Bruce; back row, Duane, 
Don and Doug. 




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3 26 Lead Soldiers 

4 Evangelize the Jew? 

6 To the Seed of Israel 

7 A City of Angels? 

8 And After Twenty 

10 Home Mission News- 

11 Victory After . . . 

12 Church News 

14 The Painless Gospel? 

15 Praise and Prayer 

16 Cities of Destiny 

17 How to Get Money 
for College 

18 Perfume of Life and 

20 Conference Candids 

22 Campus News Briefs 

24 Tour Time! 

Clyde K. Landrum, Editor 
Kenneth E. Herman, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions — Rev. John W. Zielasko 

Grace Schools — Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

Home Missions — Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

WMC— Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 

SMM — Miss Donna Hawbaker 

Laymen — Mr. Harold Jones 

March 22, 1969 


Home Missions and 
Grace Schools Issue 

SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona 
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Brethren Missionary Herald 

The Editor Speaks . . . 

By Clyde K. Landrum 

26 Lead Soldiers 

The statement by Benjamin Franklin 
"Give me twenty-six lead soldiers and 
111 conquer the world," presents one of 
the greatest challenges to the church of 
Jesus Christ today. These soldiers — 
the twenty-six letters of the English 
alphabet, when put into the field and 
drawn up in battle formation, can ac- 
complish the near impossible. Once it 
is in print, their message can be passed 
from person to person, and can be 
read in the privacy of the homes and 
shops of people. This message can go 
where personal witnesses are not al- 
lowed, and can be read under most 
favorable conditions. 

But there is a major point to be con- 
sidered; these lead soldiers are amoral 
(nonmoral). Men can make them say 
whatever is desired. And many would 
have them saying things that are moral- 
ly bad and that harm, rather than help 
people. So the responsibility of the 
church is to guide them in the right 
direction and keep them truthful. 

The sad fact is that for too long 
these lead soldiers have been used for 
immoral purposes to the detriment of 
the world. Adolph Hitler had the same 
idea that Franklin had and he put the 

letters of the German alphabet in array 
in Mein Kamph for the purposes of 
self-aggrandizement and world con- 
quest. But the opposite is possible. 
Remember the positive, moral battle 
waged through the printed page by 
John Bunyan in his Pilgrim 's Progress 
to direct these soldiers for Jesus Christ 
and His cause. 

It is time we sounded the call for 
those who will take their places to 
direct this army in an effort to win 
the souls of men and women for Christ. 
And the call must go to all; regardless 
of age, vocation, or station in life, for 
every child of God is eligible to enter 
the battle. 

The greatest potential lies with lay 
people right where they are. It was 
interesting to read the statement of a 
layman in the January 25 issue of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald that he has 
found his mission field among the un- 
saved right where he lives and works. 
His thought is that ever}' person daily 
faces people who need Christ and he 
should be witnessing to them and win- 
ning them to Christ. It seems as if some 
spend so much time trying to decide 
where and how they can get into full- 

time service they forget that they are 
already on the mission field and should 
already be in full-time service. Lay 
people — both men and women — are 
God's communicators for our day. 
Doctors, teachers, lawyers, truck driv- 
ers — and all others can serve. 

We dare not do less than our very 
best in our writing and in getting out 
the written message. We can do our 
best and at times be disappointed, but 
this is better than doing less than our 
best and having Christ disappointed 
with us. Ralph McGill, late editor of 
Atlanta Constitution and most famous 
Southern editor since Marse Henry 
Watterson and Henry Grady, said that 
he was frustrated that in a lifetime 
he'd been able to change so little with 
so many written words. Yet, the 
Christian can rejoice in the fact that 
little is much when it is all we have, 
and when it is placed in the hands of 

There is a desperate need today for 
people to join the battle with the 
fortitude and fervor of Martin Luther 
using the slogan: "Give me twenty-six 
lead soldiers and I'll conquer the world 
- for Christ!" ▼ 

March 22, 1969 

Drethren, my heart's desire and 
prayer to God for Israel is, that they 
might be saved" (Rom. 10: 1). 

One cannot escape the scriptural 
admonition to evangelize the Jew. 
Some have theorized that because the 
nation of Israel is responsible for the 
basic truth of Christianity, the human 
channel through which the Son of God 
became incarnate, that there was no 
case for evangelizing the Jew. It is 
true that God in His sovereignty has 
chosen this nation of people for a 
distinct purpose in the fulfillment of 
His plan for redemption of man. A 
careful analysis of the Word of God 
points out clearly God's concern for 
Israel. God brings a clear picture of 
indictment against Israel's sin and un- 

"My people hath been lost sheep: 
their shepherds have caused them to 
go astray, they have turned them away 
on the mountains: they have gone 
from mountain to hill, they have for- 
gotten their restingplace . . . and their 
adversaries said, We offend not be- 
cause they have sinned against the 


Lord... "(Jer. 50:6-7). 

"My sheep wandered through all 
the mountains, and upon every high 
hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon 
all the face of the earth, and none did 
search or seek after them" (Ez. 34:6). 

"For thus saith the Lord God; Be- 
hold, I, even I, will both search my 
sheep, and seek them out. As a 
shepherd seeketh out his flock in the 
day that he is among his sheep that 
are scattered . . ." (Ez. 34: 1 1-12). 

These passages from the Old Testa- 
ment characterize the Jewish people as 
lost sheep, showing God's concern for 
them and their evangelization. The 
Old Testament is filled with evidences 
of the bleeding heart of God for His 
chosen people. 

Brethren Messianic Testimony 

God severly chided His people and 
pronounced certain judgement for 
their sin. ". . . the Lord hath spoken, I 
have nourished and brought up chil- 
dren, and they have rebelled against 
me. The ox knoweth his owner, and 
the ass his master's crib: but Israel 
doth not know, my people doth not 
consider. Ah sinful nation, a people 
laden with iniquity, a seed of evil- 
doers, children that are corrupters: 
they have forsaken the Lord, they 
have provoked the Holy One of Israel 
unto anger, they are gone away back- 
ward" (Isa. 1:2^1). Though this por- 
tion is directed to the tribes of Judah 
yet the heart of God is bared at the 
sinfulness and rebellion of His people. 

Jesus, in His early commands to the 
apostles clearly states His view on the 
evangelization of the Jew. ". . . Go not 
into the way of the Gentiles, and into 
any city of the Samaritans enter ye 
not. But go rather to the lost sheep of 
the house of Israel" (Matt. 10:5-6). 
Very interesting, isn't it, that this fol- 
lows the famous passage of the whiten- 
ed harvest fields and the admonition, 
to pray for harvesters (Matt. 9:35-38).. 
Here Jesus demonstrates His concern 
with action going to the cities, villages 
teaching in the synagogues, healing the 
sick, and ministering to the people 
". . . He was moved with compassion or 
them, because they fainted, and wen 
scattered abroad, as sheep having nc 
shepherd" (Matt. 9:36). With respect: 
to His own public ministry He said 

Brethren Missionary Heroic 


". . . I am not sent but unto the lost 
sheep of the house of Israel" (Matt. 
15:24). However, this was not a limi- 
tation of the Gospel to the Jews: 
"And other sheep I have, which are 
not of this fold: them also I must 
bring . . ."(John 10:16). 

The Bible clearly states that the 
commission has been enlarged to in- 
clude the Gentile peoples of the world. 
The "all nations" (Matt. 28: 19), 
"every creature" (Mark 16:15), and 
". . . ye shall be witnesses unto me both 
in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in 
Samaria, and unto the uttermost part 
of the earth" (Acts 1:8). This shows 
the nonexclusiveness of God's purpose 
with the Gospel. Extreme care must be 
exercised that in the bitterness, rebel- 
lion, and rejection of Israel to the 
redemptive work of Christ, that our 
evangelistic efforts be not deterred to 
follow the easier road of Gentile evan- 

The Apostle Paul points up his con- 
cern (Rom. 1:16) and the lack of 
distinction between Jew and Gentile 
evangelism: "For there is no difference 
between the Jew and the Greek: for 
the same Lord over all is rich unto all 
that call upon him" (Rom. 10: 12). 

There are in excess of six million 
Jews in the United States. Though 
new Israel is growing rapidly, report- 
edly, there are still more Jews in the 
U.S. than in Israel. Throughout the 
world the Jewish nation has been dis- 
persed. The Jew everywhere needs to 

hear the Gospel. 

The Jew is not easy to reach. This 
area of evangelism is perhaps the most 
difficult and least fruitful. To reach a 
stiff-necked, rebellious, materialistical- 
ly minded people with the claims of 
Christ takes much faith, patience, 
boldness and sheer skill. The approach, 
methods and procedures are of necess- 
ity different than any other field of 
evangelism. To finally break through 
and reach the Jew for Christ is only a 
fraction of the task. The follow up 
ministry is so vital to help him face 
the onslaughts of criticism and scorn 
of the Jewish community. Sometimes 
the new believer is literally cut off and 
completely isolated from family con- 
nections when allegiance is pledged to 

By Lester E. Pifer 

The difficulties incurred should not 
in any sense deter our action. More 
concentration, more prayer, and ap- 
plication of trained personnel must be 
applied. God blesses the efforts of 
evangelism in reaching His chosen peo- 
ple. There is great reward in reaching; 
the Jew for Christ and knowing that 
we are directly involved in a ministry 
which has a most important bearing 
upon the climactic events surrounding 
the return of Christ to this earth and 
the fulfillment of end-time prophecy. 

Brethren Messianic Testimony 

iMarch 22, 1969 

£ tk& £eed of T^ytael 

By Dr. L. L. Grubb 

lor over 19 years Bruce Button and his family have 
faithfully witnessed to Israel. In a community where the 
population is almost 100 percent Jewish, these dedicated 
servants of Christ have given the Gospel to God's chosen 

It was my great privilege to work with these mission- 
aries at the inception of, and through a great part of 
this missionary endeavor. In a very practical sense Bruce 
Button was the pioneer of this project. I enjoyed his 
complete cooperation and fellowship in the entire pro- 
gram. That the Holy Spirit had led him to this parti- 
cular field at this time was very clear. He was God's man 
for the job. 

Pioneering a mission to the Jews is challenging to say 
the least. Becoming settled in a new community is a 
major factor in itself. Those who are knowledgeable 
about Jewish missions will testify that it is a specialty 
in Christian work. The purchase of the home at 469 

Bruce L. Burton "as one of them" to the seed of Israel. 

North Kings Road in Los Angeles, California, was a 
major breakthrough. The Button family lived in this 
home during the entire period of their service. Later 
more space was added to provide an excellent room 
large enough to accommodate groups in Bible classes. 
The group sessions were held exclusively in this house 
so it became a sort of "Jewish Church." A family finds 
very limited privacy in such a situation. Yet there was 
no complaint. This was accepted as a part of their ser- 
vice. The Gospel was presented over many a cup of cof- 
fe with cookies in Mrs. Button's kitchen. Once she ad- 
vised us that she thought she was developing "coffee 
nerves." Also being a very practical and handy man. 
Bruce was called upon at times for emergency service, 
like opening a clogged sink or fixing an electrical 
connection. He truly lived among these people as one 
of them. I am sure the Jewish people in the Fairfax 
district of Los Angeles who knew the Button family 
also knew of their deep love for them. Therefore, 
these fine missionaries were better equipped to ap- 
proach them with the Gospel. It was surely apparent 
that they had only one motive - to help them. 

Thousands of contacts were made with Jewish people 
each year. Many pieces of Christian literature were dis- 
tributed. The spiritual impact on the Fairfax area was 
great. Even rabbis heard the Gospel. In a section 
where there are more than 200,000 Jews, such a min- 
istry seems lost in the statistics. But statistics often 
do not tell the whole story of success in a Christian en- 
terprise. Especially would this be true in Jewish mis- 
sions. There will be Jews in heaven as a result of this 
faithful service. 

The vision and prayerful desire of the directors of the 
Brethren Home Missions Council, plus the generous 
gifts of our churches and especially those of the 
national Women's Missionary Council, plus the dedica- 
tion of God's servants, have given our Fellowship a 
distinctive ministry to Israel. God made it clear to 
Abraham and to all of us in Genesis 1 2 that the result 
would be blessing to all concerned. 

As those we know affectionately as "Bruce and 
Jerry" now leave this work and go into the pastorate, 
they follow God's direction for their lives again. The 
Brethren Jewish mission program will go on through the 
provision of God. ▼ 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

A City of 

If you were to drive through the 
streets of Los Angeles you might won- 
der how its founders would have se- 
lected such a misnomer - the City of 
Angels' You would not normally 
associate angelic heritage to the hur- 
ried masses moving swiftly along the 
busy thoroughfare. Dressed in vari- 
gated color and assorted styles, one 
might more readily be struck with the 
more human characteristics of these 
twentieth-century cliff dwellers. Al- 
though similar in many ways there is 
a startling diversity. The hippy, bare- 
foot and dirty, can be spotted among 
the nattily dressed businessmen, while 
the wide range of skin coloring testi- 
fies of a cosmopolitan society. 

However, there is a definite segrega- 
tion evident in the residential sections 
of the city. This polarization of cer- 
tain groups is not always a result of 
color but often of social, religious, and 

economic reasons. One such group 
which appears to revel in its entity is 
the Jewish community in the western 
part of the city. Referred to by the 
natives of the city as the Fairfax area, 
we have one of the most densely Jew 
ish populated communities of America. 
Here in the largely Jewish section 
The Brethren Home Missions Council 
has been earning in Pauline fashion a 
ministry that reflects the Gospel as the 
"power of God unto salvation to 
the Jew first " Under the able lead- 
ership of Bruce Button and his wife, 
Lenore, assisted by Rev. and Mrs. John 
Neely as well as Miss Isobel Fraser, the 
Brethren Messianic Testimony has 
been evangelizing this community in a 
door-to-door, face-to-face confronta- 
tion with the Gospel of Christ. Such 
an endeavor offers little opportunity 
for the spectacular, but it does pro- 
vide an avenue for the true test of dis- 
cipleship - faithfulness! One does not 
count success by a myriad of deci- 
sions which might characterize other 
forms of evangelism but in the eternal 
value of one lost sheep retrieved 
from the place of death by the Good 

Bv Robert Thompson 


In a day when the devilish doctrine 
of ecumenicism has torn down the 
bastions of denomination loyalty and 
allegiance, the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches is to be commend- 
ed for its consistent and faithful sup- 
port of this deserving evangelistic 
thrust. Unsung, unheralded, unconv 
plaining, and unassuming, you mis- 
sionaries are carrying on a worthy pro- 
gram of which you as a member of 
The Brethren Church can be proud. 
Only in such a denominational organ- 
ization can we guide, nurture, and pro- 
tect those Biblical truths which dis- 
tinguish us from others who must pro- 
hibit doctrinal distinctives because of 
their divergent persuasions. 

You can be sure that no time is 
wasted in trying to make angels of 
those who live in the Fairfax area, 
but God is making some "new men." 
Overcoming the age old distinctions 
between Jew and Gentile, God's prom- 
ises make new creations of all who are 
in Christ Jesus. Old things are passed 
away— all things are become new. 
fll Cor. 5:17). ▼ 

March 21, 1969 

V^n January 15. 1969, Mrs. Button 
and I submitted our resignation from 
the work of the Brethren Messianic 
Testimony to The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council. This resignation is to 
be finalized on a date agreeable to the 
council but not later than April 15, 
1969. We have been associated with 
The Brethren Home Missions Council 
since January 1, 1949. We have been 
earning the Gospel of salvation to the 
Jewish people of the Fairfax District 
of Los Angeles. California, since Jan- 
uary 1. 1950. Mrs. Button and I 
have been associated with The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council and the 
Brethren Jewish work for the last 

ten that interested parties might know 
the reason we leave the work. 

First, we wish to say our relation- 
ship with the mission staff is not a 
reason for our resignation. The mem- 
bers of the staff, Miss Isobel Fraser 
and John and Sally Neely. are our 
very dear friends. They are com- 
petent and dedicated missionaries who 
at all times have responded to direc- 
tion. They have been faithful to the 
duties assigned them. They have al- 
ways endeavored to be of real assist- 
ance in the Brethren Jewish work. 
Our relationship is enhanced by this 
fact: In all the years of our associa- 
tion there has never been 'trouble' on 
this field. Thank God personalities 

By Bruce Button 

twenty years. We know many of our 
Brethren friends will be asking, "Why 
are you leaving the work?" Already 
many have put this question to us 
personally. This article is being writ- 

have never been a problem here. The 
only influence our realtionship with 
the staff could have on such a decision 
as we have made would be to influence 
us to remain on the field. 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Second, we wish to say our relation- 
ship with The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council, its board, its officers, 
its staff, is not a reason for our leav- 
ing this work. We can remember the 
first time we contacted the council. 
Dr. L. L. Grubb, who was secretary to 
the council, received us in his office. 
We discussed the matter of The Breth- 
ren Church and Jewish missions. From 
him we received understanding and 
consideration as well as an invitation 
and encouragement to appear before 
the Home Missions Board during the 
1948 National Fellowship Conference. 
We did appear before the board at that 
time. Again understanding, considera- 
tion, and encouragement was extended 

to us. This was not all we received. 
We were extended the confidence of 
the board in that they retained us to 
be the Brethren missionaries to Jewish 

Rev. and Mrs. Bruce Button 

Thus began a close association 
between The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council and ourselves. In 
the twenty years we have worked 
for and with the council we have al- 
ways received understanding, consider- 
ation, encouragement, and confidence. 
And this attitude has been constant 
towards this pastor and his wife. Such 
an association could only influence us 
to remain in this field. 

Why then the resignation? Well, 
there comes a time in the ministry of 
every pastor and his wife when they 
recognize the leading of the Lord. 
They know their efforts should cease 
in a particular field. Mrs. Button and I 
are certain in the Lord our ministry is 
finished in the field of Jewish mis- 
sions. We have not made a snap 
decision. It is the result of 18 to 24 
months of deep, prayerful, consider- 
ation. This is God's leading! 

Now we will continue in the Lord's 
work as pastor and wife to the Cherry 
Valley Brethren Church, Beaumont, 
California. As a pastor and wife team 

in the shepherding of a Brethren 
church it will be our purpose to sup- 
port The Brethren Home Missions 
Council in every phase of its endeavor. 
We shall pray for the men who head 
this organization. We shall express our 
confidence in them with our gifts. 
May God's rich blessings ever abide 
with our Brethren Home Missions 

As we end our association with the 
Brethren Jewish work Mrs. Button and 
I are still confronted with a great dis- 
appointment. In the 19 years the 
Brethren Jewish work has been a real- 
ity, none of our young seminary grad- 
uates have seen fit to answer God's call 
to Jewish missions. None have associ- 
ated themselves with the Brethren 
Messianic Testimony. I am certain this 
Brethren Jewish Mission will continue: 
I am certain God has among our young 
people a couple who can be used of 
Him to reach Jewish people here in 
Fairfax: but young man, young wife, 
where are you? I'd like to meet you. 

March 22, 1969 

Home Mission News-Gram 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Special) Rev. Victor Rogers of Leamersville, Pa., has accepted a call 
to the Albuquerque, N.M., Grace Brethren Church and will move to the field in April. Albuquerque has 
been without a full-time pastor since July, 1968. 

MINERVA, OHIO (Dennis Beach, pastor) The Brethren Construction Crew arrived here this month. 
They commuted from Lexington, Ohio, to get our church started while finishing up the building in 
Lexington that was dedicated on March 23, 1969. 

PITTSBURGH, PA. (Dean Risser, pastor) I am grateful for the opportunity of attending the Clinic on 
Evangelism at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Coral Gables, Florida, during the second week of 
February. My church felt I should attend and helped with the expense. We set a new record in attend- 
ance of 39 recently when Rev. Lester E. Pifer of The Brethren Home Missions Council was here and 
showed slides of his Holy Land trip last summer. 

TOPPENISH, WASH. (Sam I Horney, pastor) In January we had one week of evangelistic meetings 
with Rev. Val Cloud and had ten decisions for rededications. In spite of the sub-zero weather we 
reached a high of 90 present on the last meeting. 

LEXINGTON, OHIO (Terrance Taylor, pastor) We held our first service in our new church on Janu- 
ary 1 9 with a record attendance of 2 1 2 and 1 7 decisions with one first time. Decisions continued for the 
next two Sundays with a total of 69 with seven first-time in the first three weeks. What a wonderful time 
the Lord is giving us here. 

RICHLAND, WASH. (Nelson Hall, pastor) We began the new year with a newly organized B.Y.F. 
Twelve teen-agers were present on January 5 for the meeting. In our first Good News Club meeting we 
had 10 children, three teen-age helpers and three adults. A ten-year-old girl made a confession of Christ. 
Five of seven who recently accepted Christ have expressed a desire to be baptized. 

HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CALIF. (Frank Dunigan, pastor) The Lord has been blessing here. Last Mon- 
day evening (January 27), I had the privilege of leading a man to the Lord upon my very first visit to his 
home. Recently we had a family of six come into our church, and they will be baptized at the first 

Ripon Rips Records 

The Grace Brethren Sunday School 
of Rjpon, California, set a new Sun- 
day-school attendance record of 72 on 
Sunday, February 2, 1969. It was 
not a new thing for this Sunday 
school, for they had broken records on 
three of the last four Sundays. This 
record attendance was a most welcome 
one for the visiting speaker of the day, 
Rev. Lester E. Pifer, and for the pro- 
motional coordinator, both from The 

Brethren Home Missions Council of 
Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Ripon, California, has had a full- 
time pastor just since October 1, 1968 
when Rev. Howard Mayes arrived on 
the field. The meeting place is the 
American Legion building, but it is evi- 
dent that other facilities are going to 
be needed in the near future. 

Brethren Minute-Men have been a- 
lerted! Pastors have been advised and 


everyone should get the message that 
Ripon needs some help. The response 
of every minute-man is needed and 
there is a need for a number of new 
minute-men to join these faithful ones 
who come through on every call. 
Ripon was not in The Brethren Home 
Missions Council budget last year, but 
opportunities like this one have to be 
bought up if the Gospel is to go forth 
in its most effective way. This oppor- 
tunity has already proved it is a good 
one. It's not easy to get 72 in Sun- 
day school in a temporary building 
without proper facilities. But Ripon 
has done it, and they expect to break 
many more records. 

Ripon is located on Highway 99 
near Modesto in the Nor-Cal district. 
This work is off to a good start and 
Brethren Minute-Men can help in a 
tremendous way with costs of starting 
new Brethren churches continuing to 
soar upward. ▼' 

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It took one year, two defeats, and 
three attempts for the new Grace 
Brethren Church of Atlanta, Georgia, 
to get a zoning approval to build a 
church. The applications in two dif- 
ferent counties were turned down and 
just recently the third application in 

the third county was approved. The 
church is now purchasing five acres 
costing forty thousand dollars located 
within one-half mile of the proposed 
Interstate 75 exchange. 

The church location is a part of a 
46 acre plot and members of the 
church plan to develop the remaining 
41 acres with any profits going toward 
the church indebtedness. Already 
several families are planning to locate 
in the development and anyone mov- 
ing to, being transferred to, or plan- 
ning to locate in the Atlanta area 
should contact Pastor William Byers. 

The church has not been able to re- 
tain all the people reached because of 
changes in locations and distances in- 
volved in travel. The securing of a 
location will now make possible the 
localizing of the efforts to build a 
Brethren church in the greater Atlan- 
ta area. 

The church is now meeting in the 
Bellsferry Elementary School on Bells- 

ferry Road and this is just off Highway 
41, the road most people use in travel- 
ling through Atlanta. 

A number of firsts have been ex- 
perienced in the Atlanta work recently. 
Dr. and Mrs. Orville Jobson held our 
first missionary rally on January 19. 
Then on February 2, the Polmans were 
with the church for the first steward- 
ship conference on behalf of the Breth- 
ren Financial Planning Service. One 
important first was the daughter born 
to the Byers on November 21, 1968. 
They have one son and Cheryl Ann is 
their first daughter. 

The many answers to prayer that 
have been so evident in recent months 
have added a new note of optimism 
and enthusiasm in the work. The clos- 
ed doors of the past year have been 
discouraging at times, but Pastor Byers 
has had no question in his mind but 
that God wants a Brethren Church in 
Atlanta, and the recent victories have 
now confirmed it as God's will. ▼ 



The Brethren Investment Foundation is headed in 
one direction . . . STRAIGHT AHEAD. 

Our investments now total over 7 million dollars, 
and daily more and more Brethren people are trusting; 
us with their finances. 

Why? Because they want to see their money work 
for them and for the Lord. Your B.I.F. account can 
do both. While you are helping build Brethren 
churches, you benefit from good investment rates and 
the awareness that you are working in partnership 
with Christ. 

Won't you join us as we move ahead? If you do, 
you can be sure of one thing. There are only 
"straight ahead" signs in our direction. 


March 22, 1969 


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NEW TROY, MICH. Five members 
of the church were honored for their 
many years of service. Ben Mensinger, 
24 years as a deacon; Don Siewert, 14 
years as vice-moderator; Howard Kee- 
fer, 13 years as treasurer; Dean Straub, 
13 years as Sunday-school superin- 
tendent; and Dora Mensinger, 13 years 
as Sunday-school secretary. Each was 
presented a large, framed picture of 
Christ. Gerald L. Kelley, pastor. 

College men's quartet was present on 
Feb. 2, in the morning worship service 
of the First Brethren Church of Nor- 
ton. The attendance for the service 
was 101. On Feb. 14, the annual 
Sweetheart Banquet was held at a local 
restaurant with 34 present. Rev. 
Charles Turner gave a slide presenta- 
tion about his recent trip to Spain. 
Kenneth Cosgrove, pastor. 

LONGVIEW, TEX. Dr. Raymond 
E. Gingrich, professor of Bible at Le- 
Tourneau College has recently begun a 
Grace Brethren work in that city. This 
ministry was begun in December, and 
Sunday-school classes were begun in 
January for children, college-age, and 
adults. Sunday morning and evening 
worship services are scheduled to meet 
in the Longview Community Center, 
and on Wednesday evenings they meet 
in various homes for Bible study and 


Trustees of the Grace Brethren Village 
Retirement Home have set a goal of 
SI 00,000 in gifts by Palm Sunday, 
March 30. Harold Huddleston is chair- 
man of the nine-man board of trustees 
for the planned senior citizens' horrle. 

from Brethren Chaplain Dale Brock 
says there were 237 present for the 
First service at the Recruit Training 
Command, Naval Training Center. The 
results were 19 first-time decisions and 
52 rededications. Attendance was 183 
at the second service with 1 1 decisions 
for salvation and 22 redidications. 





Exciting, important news of the 
opening of a West Coast Branch of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
electrified Brethren at the recent 
Northwest District Conference. 
Long a dream of the Herald Co., 
Rev. Clyde K. Landrum, general 
manager, stated that a bookstore 
and "base of operations" would be 
opened at 3535 Commonwealth 
Ave. in Fullerton, California. 

Area customers are invited to 
stop in at the bookstore for their 
needs. Mail orders of Sunday- 
school materials, Bibles, books and 
related items will be shipped to 
eleven western states from the Full- 
erton office. 

In charge of the Fullerton opera- 
tion will be Rev. Dale Brock, who 
is currently serving as a chaplain in 
the San Diego, California, area. 

It is expected that the branch 
will be operational by June 1, en- 
abling the BMH to better serve cus- 
tomers in the western states. Breth- 
ren everywhere are asked to pray 
for the blessing of the Lord upon 
this newest outreach ministry of 
the BMH. 

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Pictured from left to right standing are 
Dr. Charles Mayes, Dr. Glenn O'Neal, Rev. 
David Hocking, Rev. Donald Carter, and Dr. 
Harry Sturz. Kneeling is Rev. Charles 

nation service for Rev. Charles Bearing- 
er took place Feb. 2 in the First Breth- 
ren Church. His father, Rev. Ernie 
Bearinger, Brethren missionary to Bra- 
zil, sent a recorded message. Rev. 
David Hocking, pastor of the First 
Brethren Church, also presented a short 
sermon from the Book of Acts. 

CHANGES. The address of Rev. 
Clyde Caes should be changed to 113 
Maple, Vandalia, Ohio 45377. The 
phone number of the Glendale, Calif, 
Grace Brethren Community Church 
should be changed to 213-242-1808. 
The address of Rev. and Mrs. Lee J. 
Crist is 3214 Woodlawn Road, Char- 
lotte, N.C. Please change your Annual. 

week of meetings with Allen Herr re- 
sulted in 17 decisions. Lyle W. Marvin, 

^ WINONA LAKE, IND. Pictured above are Charles Roda, The Singing ■ 
Frenchman, and his wife Helen who toured America for seven months. They 
present a program of gospel-folk songs written by Charles and a unique testi- ' 
mony of their relationship to Christ. They have returned to France to work ' 
among the French young people (BMH staff photo). 

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just reached the Herald that Rev. James 
Dickson, former mission worker in 
Puerto Rico, has been accepted into 
the U.S. Navy Chaplaincy. He will 
enter Chaplain's School at Newport, 
Rhode Island for an orientation course, 
following which he will be assigned 
to active duty. 

Great Days for God campaign was con- 
ducted by Rev. and Mrs. Iner L. 
Basinger, Jan. 21-26. The Singing 
Basingers have worked numerous times 
under the Billy Graham Evangelistic 
Association. He is a choirmaster, and 
she is a pianist, vocalist, and child 
dramatist. There were 17 public con- 
fessions of faith and 29 rededications 
of life. Fifteen people have been bap- 
tized as a direct result of the meetings. 
On the last day, the morning atten- 
dance was 232 and the evening was 
225. Many records, real ones, were 
broken over Sunday-school teachers' 
heads. Pella Wood folding doors worth 
$1700 have recently been installed in 
the sanctuary which will make possible 
several new classrooms. Melvin C. 
Hobson, pastor. 

GARWIN, IOWA. There were 30 
decisions in a recent evangelistic cam- 
paign with Allen Herr at the Carlton 
Brethren Church. Attendance averaged 
60. Donald Jentes, pastor. 

LISTIE, PA. Rev. Fred Walter be- 
gan his ministry in the Listie Brethren 
Church Jan. 15. Before the arrival of 
the Walters, the parsonage was remod- 
eled with new paneling and a new 
furnace. A welcome-supper was held 
at the church with 95 in attendance. 
Gifts of money and groceries were pre- 
sented from the church and Sunday 
school. There was a baptismal service 
for 12 people on Feb. 16. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. Congratu- 
lations are in order for the First Breth- 
ren Church, Martinsburg, Pa., for sub- 
mitting 48 new Brethren Missionary 
Herald subscriptions. 

GRAFTON, W. VA. Mr. and Mrs. 
James Owens, members of the First 
Brethren Church, celebrated their 60th 
wedding anniversary on Feb. 23. Mrs. 
Owens is the daughter of the late Rev. 
Emory Shahan, a long-time Brethren 
pastor. Paul L. Mohler, pastor. 


Luke Kauffman receiving the charge to the pastor from Rev. Don Bishop, 
pastor of the Grace Brethren Bible Church, Bothell, Washington. 

BEAVERTON, OREG. An ordination service was held for Luke E. Kauffman 
in the Grace Brethren Church of Beaverton, on Feb. 16. Rev. Thomas E. Ham- 
mers, development officer and alumni coordinator for Grace Schools, brought 
the ordination sermon. Following this, the church held a reception at which 
time the pastor was presented with a generous cash gift to be used in purchasing 
books for his personal library. 


Notice of 

meetings to be listed 

in this column must be received 

for publication at least 30 day 

s in advance of scheduled dates. 





Middlebranch, Ohio 

Apr. 6-13 

Wesley Haller 

Bill Smith 

Homerville, Ohio 

Apr. 6-13 

Robert Holmes 

K. E. Gingrich 

Jenners, Pa. 

Apr. 7-13 

James Hoffmeyer 

Allen Herr 

Elyria, Ohio 

Apr. 13-18 

Richard Placeway 

Nathan Meyer 

Grafton, W. Va. 

Apr. 16-25 

Paul Mohler 

Alien Herr 

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is Gospel Light's 1969 VBS course. New courses are fea- 
tured for the junior, youth, and adult departments. The 
theme song and marching music are on new recordings 
bound into the leader's guide— at no extra cost. 


is the new overall theme of the Scripture Press course for 
this year. Separate courses for ten-day and five-day Vaca- 
tion Bible Schools are offered by Scripture Press for the 
first time this year. 

No postage or handling on VBS materials 

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Box 544 Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

March 22, 1969 


I he answer is No! Not if it is the 
True Gospel. 

I went to the hospital to see a man 
who had an operation. "How are you 
feeling?" I asked. "Just fine. I didn't 
know they operated on me until I felt 
the place with my hand." The dentist's 
chair has been made more painless 
with improved methods and equip- 
ment. The heavy tax bite has been 
made more painless by methods of 
taking a little at a time via withhold- 
ing, sales tax and hidden taxes. In- 
stallment buying is supposed to make 
it easier to pay for what we want. The 
trend is to more and more ease and 
comfort. We're getting so soft we now 
need electric toothbrushes. 

To the displeasure of God and the 
detriment of human souls, we have 
made the Gospel painless. A radio 
preacher said of his denomination: 
"We have decisioned people into 
church membership without being sav- 
ed." There is not very much resem- 
blance between the way we handle the 

lacked in wit and humor, but filled 
with crystal clear truths of the glory 
of God and the wickedness of man. 
"When they heard these things, they 
were cut to the heart" (Acts 7:54). No 
soothing of conscience here. No effort 
to make the truth of God painless. 

God gave His Word to man for sev- 
eral reasons. One is that man may 
know his Creator. And when he learns 
this, he finds Him absolutely holy. 
Another is that man may know him- 
self. When he learns this, he finds him- 
self totally depraved in sin. If he be- 
lieves God's Word, he is forced to ac- 
cept the awful fact that these two 
truths reveal a gap impossible for man 
to bridge. Now comes another reason 
for God giving His Word to man. It is 
to reveal to man the painful ordeal 
the Godhead endured to bridge this 
gap for man. The love of God called 
for man's reconciliation, but this could 

Rev. Glen Welborn has served as 
pastor of the Leon Brethren Church, 
Leon, Iowa, for the past ten years. 

Popular youth speakers seem to be 
those who can make teen-agers laugh. 
I wish we had some who could make 
them weep — weep over their sin and 
the wicked way most of them treat 
that which is sacred and holy. Please 
don't take me wrong. I am not op- 
posed to good, clean humor in its 
place. But when dealing with the great 
God of absolute holiness and the awful 
sinfulness of man which brings the 
wrath of God on the children of dis- 
obedience (Col. 3:6), it is no joke for 
laughter. This is no place to inject 
human intellectualism and smartness. 

Oh, that we might see more Holy 
Spirit conviction of sin that will force 
the guilty to anger or to humbly crawl 
to Jesus in repentance and plead for 
mercy. It seems that most modern 
preaching produces neither. 

A Christian writer was asked to 
write a book on how to have revival. 
After considerable thought and study 
he sent his answer. He said the great- 
est book on how to have revival has al- 
ready been written— the Book of Acts. 

By Glen Welborn 


Gospel today and that in the Book of 

When I began preaching I got the 
idea that I would have to develop pul- 
pit humor - learn to say things that 
would make people laugh, insert funny 
things in telling Bible stories. I thought 
all this was needed to make a preach- 
er a popular speaker. How foolish! 
We're using magic tricks, dummies, 
contests and gimmicks of all sorts to 
make our appeal. All of this is for- 
eign to the early church. Peter wasn't 
trying to appeal to the people through 
humor and gimmicks when he preach- 
ed the sermons recorded in chapters 
two, three and four of Acts. And the 
people who heard ". . . were pricked in 
their heart, and said unto Peter and 
to the rest of the apostles, Men and 
brethren, what shall we do?" With no 
attempt to reduce the pain, the an- 
swer came back sure and quick: ". . . re- 
pent, and be baptized every one of 
you" (Acts 2:37-38). Stephen, in Acts 
seven, delivered a sermon that totally 

not be accomplished in disregard for 
His holiness which demanded pay- 
ment for sin. This payment is the 
price of blood. This means death. 
Everything that led to Calvary was 
painful to God. 

When God's sharp, two-edged sword 
(Heb. 4:12), which is the Word of God 
(Eph. 6:17), is unsheathed by the Holy 
Spirit, someone is going to get cut, 
someone's ego is going to get wounded, 
someone's comfortable self-righteous- 
ness is going to get slashed, and some- 
one's haughty spirit is going to get 
punctured. Sin is going to be exposed 
and justly condemned. This is not 
painless. And the pain often causes 
men to get angry, as often was the 
case in the Book of Acts. They will 
dislike the servant of God whose 
mouth the Spirit of God used to 
speak the Word of God. They won't 
come back to this church. They will 
go home and lick their wounds, then go 
somewhere else where they can hear a 
painless preacher. 

And when we look into the Book we 
fail to find any attempt on the part of 
God's ministers to make the Gospel 
painless. Like a surgeon's knife, the 
Word of God had to cut deep to open 
that internal, death-dealing infection 
diagnosed by God as sin. The Gospel 
of salvation cannot be "good news" to 
a soul until this work of the Holy 
Spirit is done. The Philippian jailor in 
Acts 16 is a good example of how the 
sword of the Spirit cuts open a man's 
wicked heart and makes him cry out, 
"what must I do to be saved?" Then 
came the "good news" — the Gospel. 
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and 
thou shalt be saved." Perhaps the 
Amplified New Testament will help 
prevent someone from getting the 
wrong idea of the word "believe." 
"And they answered, Believe in and on 
the Lord Jesus Christ — that is, give 
yourself up to Him, take yourself out 
of your own keeping and entrust 
yourself unto His keeping, and you 
will be saved" (Acts 16:31). ▼' 


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PRA Y for the Lord's leading in the 
replacements for Rev. and Mrs. Bruce 
L. Button at the Brethren Messianic 

PRAY for the eastern itineration 
trip of the Brethren Navajo Mission 
school children planned for the month 
of May. 

PRAY for the new pastor in our 
fellowship, Jack Galey, beginning his 
ministry at Tucson, Arizona; and for 
Victor Rogers as he enters a new field 
of ministry as pastor at Albuquerque, 
N. Mex. 

PRAY for the financial need of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council cre- 
ated by some churches not being able 
to assume the financial obligation an- 
ticipated and other churches not going 
self-supporting as anticipated. 

PRAY for more emphasis on "The 
Brethren Church Grows With Brethren 
Home Missions." 


PRAISE the Lord for an agreement 
whereby BMH Books will jointly co- 
ipublish with Baker Book House a new 
book by Dr. John Davis on Joshua, 
Judges, and Ruth. 

PRAY the Lord will move in the 
hearts of our people to give to the 
newly established building fund for the 
erection of an addition to the present 

PRAISE the Lord for the new book- 
store to be opened soon by the Herald 
Company at Fullerton, California. 

PRAY for the Dale Brock family as 
they locate in the Fullerton area where 
Mr. Brock will serve as manager of the 
new BMH bookstore. 

PRA Y for wider BMH literature out- 
reach as the gap is bridged between 
Winona Lake and the Brethren on the 
.West Coast. 

PRA Y for immediate funds to pro- 
vide Bruce Brickel with equipment 
for the printing plant soon to be 
established by the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co. at Winona Lake. 


PRAISE the Lord for His evident 
blessings upon the ministry of Evange- 
list Allen Herr. 

PRAISE the Lord for the people 
who are confronted with the plan of 
salvation many times each month as a 
result of the ministry and outreach of 
the Board of Evangelism. 

PRA Y for the crusade meetings be- 
ing conducted by Allen Herr April 7-13 
Jenners. Pa.; 16-25 Grafton, West Va.; 
27-May 1 Parkersburg, West Va. 

PRAY for Director of Evangelism, 
Bill Smith, as he visits a number of dis ; 
trict conferences this spring and speaks 
concerning the ministry of soul-win- 


PRAISE the Lord for an opening in 
the denominational quota enabling 
James Dickson, former mission worker 
in Puerto Rico, to enter the U.S. Navy 

PRA Y for Mr. Dickson as he enters 
upon this new work; pray for his 
family as they adjust to this new 

PRA Y for wisdom for our chaplains 
as they face decisions and challenges 
in their work. 

PRAY for young men in Vietnam: 
(1) that they will stand up for the 
Lord; and (2) that they will be pro- 
tected from injury. 


PRA Y that the Lord will lead wom- 
en of His choice to serve in local coun- 
cils as officers for next year. 

PRAY for the WMC district con- 
ferences; and for the election of offi- 

PRAY for every detail in planning 
the program for the national WMC 
conference in August. 

PRAISE the Lord for the Victorious 
Life studies in WMC this year and pray 
that we shall experience new spiritual 
victories as a result. 

PRAISE the Lord for Dr. and Mrs. 
William Walker, who will be going to 
Africa to augment the medical staff; 
pray for more medical personnel still 

PRAY for the various Bible classes 
which are being held in the Mexico 
work, both in the border areas and in 
Mexico City. 

PRA Y that the Lord of the harvest 
will continue to call forth candidates, 
and remember especially the need in 
the field of Argentina, which has had 
no new missionaries in a number of 


PRAISE God for the completion of 
the new library building. 

PRAY that the formal dedication 
of the new library building on May 2 
may prove to be a time of real grati- 
tude and joy. 

PRA Y for the Spring Day of Prayer, 
April 16, that it may be a time of deep 
spiritual blessing and commitment. 

PRAY for the seniors of both 
schools that they may be able to com- 
plete all their work and graduate with 


PRAISE God for the 55th anni- 
versary of SMM celebrated this month. 

PRAY for our national patroness 
and officers as they make plans now 
for SMM meetings at the national con- 

PRA Y that each SMM girl may find 
many ways of serving her Lord and be- 
ing a special blessing to her church. 


PRAY that our Sunday-school 
teachers will use every lesson presented 
to help the pupils know Christ and 
grow in His grace. 

PRAY that Vacation Bible School 
plans may be a part of every Sunday- 
school program for this summer. 

PRAY for the leadership of district 
children's and youth camps for this 

PRAY that the financial needs of 
the Christian Education Department 
may be fully met. 

PRAY for the youth who will be 
going out under TIME program to the 
various mission fields this summer. 

March 22, 1969 


Cities of Destiny 





President, Grace Theological Seminary 
and Grace College 

^Arnold Toynbee, famous English 
historian, writes the preface to a new 
volume produced in England in 1967 
under the title, Cities of Destiny. This 
book is now attracting wide interest 
growing out of the urban crisis now 
sweeping the world. It attempts to 
chart the evolution of the city under 
three vast movements: the city-state, 
the capital city, and megalopolis. 

Though the oldest cities are said to 
be located in the Middle East. Jericho 
being the chief representative, arch- 
eological discovery being able to trace 
it back perhaps 10,000 years, no refer- 
ence is made to the city built by Cain 
(Gen. 4:17). The origin of Babylon is 
located about 5,000 B. C, though lit- 
tle discussion is given to this ancient 

Major attention is given to such 
cities as Athens, Venice, Florence, 
Alexandria, Rome, Changan, Constan- 
tinople, Cordoba, Paris, St. Petersburg, 
Vienna, London, and New York. Pass- 
ing reference is made to other great 
cities such as Baghdad, Cairo, Delhi, 
Frankfurt, Genoa, Mexico City, Mos- 
cow, Detroit, Philadelphia, San Fran- 
cisco. The principle of selection doubt- 
less made no provision for significant 
reference to Jerusalem as a city of 

The Greek word for city (polis) sug- 
gests in some sense the explanation for 
the origin and maintenance of cities. 
At the outset it marked a group of 
people with similar interest and con- 
cern who came together and built a 
citadel for protection from the enemy 
without. In the long history of man- 
kind, it now appears that technology 
has at last produced a situation where 
the dangers to the inhabitants of the 
city are within. 

In a book like this, there is no lift- 
ing of the veil of the future to see what 
actually lies ahead. The trends now in 
course can only conjecture a gradually 
darkening picture until at last the cities 
of earth are wasted away. But predict- 
ive prophecy lifts the veil and discloses 
a drama of rehabilitation in two scenes. 
The first phase of rehabilitation is set 
for millennium. Jerusalem, now de- 
spised, will be the capital city of the 
world. From the divine throne of the 
Son of God established in that city, 
renewal will flow forth to the cities of 
the world. The second phase will be 
ushered in with the eternal state. The 
entire earth will be rearranged over the 
pattern of sinless perfection when the 
curse will be lifted. The New Jeru- 
salem, the city of God, will descend to 
the earth and will be inhabited by the 
perfect Sovereign and His people, now 
saved . 

This is truly the city of destiny 
which will control the destiny of all 
redeemed mankind without end. Until 
then, the Babylon of the endtime and 
present-day Jerusalem will be coming 
more and more to the attention of men 
as cities of destiny. 

Church Doctrine Cases 

A ruling recently issued by the Su- 
preme Court of the United States pro- 
hibits courts throughout the land from 
deciding matters of church doctrine. 
This action was unanimous. On the 
face of it, it sounds good, but ex- 
amined more precisely as to its mean- 
ing in relation to the liberal movement 
across the world, it bodes only ill to 
the conservative and fundamental seg- 
ment of the Christian faith. 

The occasion of this ruling grows 
out of the action of two local South- 
ern Presbyterian churches in Savannah, 
Georgia seeking to gain possession of 
their property from the Southern Pres- 
byterian denomination. These two 
congregations voted to withdraw from 
the denomination because it had de- 
parted from the faith. Their with- 
drawal from the denomination was for 
the purpose of reconstituting them- 
selves as an autonomous Presbyterian 


The Supreme Court cited the Con- 
stitution of the United States in justi- 
fying their decision. In the ruling it 
was argued that the Constitution for- 
bids civil courts from reaching to "the 
very core of a religion" and determin- 
ing if a church is adhering to its doc- 

The immediate effect of this ruling 
is to prevent courts from settling pro- 
perty disputes that rest on controvers- 
ies over religious doctrine and practice. 
Obviously this ruling will have two far- 
reaching effects. It will on the one 
hand forestall breakaways by dissident 
local churches whose congregations are 
dissatisfied with the theology and the 
practice of the denomination. On the 
other hand it will put new determina- 
tion into the hearts of faithful people 
to cut completely the cords of rela- 
tionship with the parent denomination. 

Though this action of the Supreme 
Court may be justified on the human 
and natural level as in accord with the 
Constitution of the United States, it 
becomes clear that God's people have 
only one true refuge and that is the 
Lord himself. It cannot be expected 
that this world, which is under the 
direction of Satan, will defend and 
promote the interests of God's 
people, except by the miraculous inter- 
vention of the power and grace of God. 

Church Schools Too 

Those who follow carefully the for- 
tunes of private schools in this ever- 
escalating economy are aware of the 
new and more intensive efforts being 
made to provide funds for operation 
from the state and federal tax system. 
On the one hand this could mean much 
to perpetuate the school, provided 
there are no limitations of freedom im- 
posed on the school. On the other 
hand, for any schoolthat might refuse 
such aid it could be financially stran- 
gled. Here is the place where God's 
people need to be on the alert, alert 
with determination that nothing like 
this shall befall Grace Schools. It 
means two things, dedication of gifts 
to support the school, and more in- 
tensive prayer in behalf of the school. 


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I he high cost of education is hav- 
ing a staggering effect on families all 
across America. Parents who are con- 
cerned about the current trends in 
secular, state-supported education are 
more than ever convinced that they 
want their children to attend private 
Christian schools. But immediately 
they are faced with the problem, 
"How do we pay for the higher cost of 
a private Christian college?" 

Actually, the possibilities of obtain- 
ing financial help for higher education 
are better new than ever before. While 
many state and local governments have 
been subsidizing so-called public col- 
leges and universities, the federal gov- 
ernment has channeled its assistance to 
higher education right down to the 
level of the student himself. In ad- 
dition, there are private aids to educa- 
tion that are available in the form of 
student loans and scholarships. Through 

study in the institution." These loans 
are particularly attractive to students 
planning to teach because in such a 
case up to one-half, or in some in- 
stances the entire amount of the loan, 
may be written off over a period of 
years after graduation. The federal 
government also underwrites the Col- 
lege Work Study Program, whereby 
they will pay up to eighty percent of 
the wages of a qualifying student who 
works for the college or university. 

In all of the mentioned federal 
programs, it is necessary for the stu- 
dent to show that he has a definite 
financial need for these funds. This is 
done, primarily, through such means as 
a Parents' Confidential Statement, 
which is an analysis of the family's 
financial situation, based on informa- 
tion supplied by the family. Using 
this confidential information, the schol- 
arship committee of a college can 
determine whether or not the family 

How to Get Money 

By Ron Guiles 

for College 

these aids to education, the student 
can practically choose any college he 
wants to attend and still receive aid. 

Basically, there are two types of 
programs offering aid to education: 
those based on the financial need of 
the student, and those which do not 
concern the student's need for finan- 
cial help. The federal programs, by 
their very nature, are primarily aimed 
at assisting students in need. The Equal 
Opportunity Grant Program is design- 
ed, as its name implies, to give an equal 
chance at education to students who 
for financial reasons could not other- 
wise attend college. Similarly, National 
Defense Student Loans seeks to assist 
students, ". . . in need of the amount 
of the loan to pursue his course of 

qualifies for aid. 

Many people are surprised to learn 
that even in the case of scholarships, 
financial need plays an important part. 
Years ago, scholarships were based en- 
tirely on the student's academic abili- 
ties. However, with the increasing de- 
mand for funds for college education 
and with so many students of academ- 
ic ability applying for scholarships, the 
trend has changed in the last few years 
to the point where scholarships are giv- 
en, not only on the basis of academic 
ability, but also financial need. This is 
often true of scholarships awarded by 

Ronald Guiles is director of financial aid 
at Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana. He 
is also enrolled as a student in the college. 

colleges; and in practically all instances 
of state and other governmental schol- 
ships, financial need is taken into con- 

Many families have found another 
type of aid to be very attractive. This 
program does not require that finan- 
cial need be demonstrated by the fam- 
ily seeking the aid. This is in the form 
of loans which are guaranteed either 
by the federal government, state gov- 
ernments, or by a private organization 
established especially for the purpose 
of guaranteeing loans for education. 
To qualify for these loans, the student 
merely applies through his local bank. 
The local bank lends the money, and 
the student will ultimately pay the 
loan back to the local bank. Under 
this program, the loan is issued at a 
rate of seven percent simple interest. 
If the family's adjusted income is less 
than fifteen thousand dollars per year, 
the federal government will pay the in- 
terest while the student is attending 
school and for a period of nine months 
after graduation. Then on the first day 
of the tenth month after graduation — 
presumably when the student is earning 
a livelihood — repayment of the loan 
and interest from that date will begin. 
Depending on the amount borrowed, 
the period of repayment can be any- 
where from five to ten years after 
graduation. In addition, if the student 
joins the Peace Corps after college or 
enters military service, there is a special 
moratorium on the payments. Of 
course, if the student wishes to repay 
the loan before time, this may be done 
without penalty. 

This type of loan program has been 
a real boost to education because these 
loans are guaranteed. Banks are much 
more willing to lend money to students 
in this situation who otherwise would 
have a great deal of difficulty obtain- 
ing money through a bank. In the case 
of the federal or state governmental 
loans, they are guaranteed by the re- 
spective government. In the case of 
the private loan through the United 
Student Aid Fund, the college or 
university contributes funds to a pool 
which is used to guarantee the loans of 
students attending that particular col- 

Presently, a student may borrow up 
to one thousand dollars each year he is 
in college. The maximum he can bor- 
row is a total of five thousand dollars. 
(Continued on page 19.) 

March 22, 1969 


There are many unmistakable odors 
in this world. Who cannot tell when 
you have been in the company of the 
cigarette smoker? The odor clings. 
If you have ever visited the San Diego 
Zoo - one of the very best, you don't 
have to see to know you are in the 
camel compound. You can smell 
them, and that for a considerable dis- 
tance. You can tell a camel caretaker 
by the odor clinging to him. The 
distinctive smell of fiberglass adheres 
to clothes of the boatmaker. Often, 
more often than we think, people can 
tell where we have been by the scent 
we carry with us. I have a dog who is 
part beagle. His name is appropriately 
Snoopy, for every time we return 
home he does a thorough sniffing job 
to "see" where we have been. 

In II Corinthians 2:14-17 the Apos- 
tle Paul talks about the spiritual odor 
of the believer. He is in the midst of 
testifying concerning his own ministry 
to them. In the process of his defense, 
as he considers the glory of the Chris- 
tian ministry, he is lifted -in spirit by 
the glorious thought of the continual 
triumph of Christ in which every be- 
liever shares. And this in spite of 
some present apparent defeat. "The 
sun often shines on the mountain 
when it is dark in the valley." Here 
Paul is on the mountain glimpsing the 
glory and dignity of service for and 
with Christ. 

The picture that Paul painted for 
us was of a Roman general and his 
march of triumph into Rome. The 
general was out in some distant land 
waging battle for the empire. Victory 
was his and the senate voted him a 
triumph. A public holiday was declar- 
ed — school dismissed. The parade 
was on with all the fanfare and pomp. 
The general marched through the 
streets of the city. A long line of cap- 
tives from the subjugated peoples, 
marched - chained to his chariot, 
some before and some behind. Some 
held censers of incense and a fra- 
grance arose to pervade the whole pro- 
cession and its watchers. The captives 
in front were to be set free and the 
smell clinging to them was the "savour 
of life." Those marching to the rear 
were condemned to die, and to them 
the smoke incense odor was the smell 
of death. And the general marches on 
in triumph. Now that you get the 
picture, read II Corinthians 2:14-17 
and see a procession of triumph— 

A study of II Cor. 2:14-17 






By Charles Ashman 

Rev. Charles Ashman is pastor of 
the Winona Lake Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake, Indiana. He is a gradu- 
ate of Westmont College and Grace 
Theological Seminary. 

(v. 14) 

Ever feel defeated? Covered up? 
Done in? Paul is speaking in the suc- 
ceeding chapters of this book about 
pressures, burdens, persecutions and 
heartaches, but before he does, he 
would have us see that because of our 
union with Christ our lot is one of 
continual triumph. In spite of all 
that looks to us like defeat, there is 
finally triumph. But remember, it is 
God's triumph, not Paul's, not ours. 
While some see Paul, Timothy, or 
Titus as the victorious generals, most 
of us see Christ. We are His captives. 
He is the conqueror. 

Let me remind you that Christ con- 
quers men in two ways depending 
on the attitude of the captured. He 
conquers by faith those who will re- 
spond to His love, His truth, His sacri- 
fice, His provision. To those who see 
their need of liberation and willingly 
submit, He becomes the liberator. 
Liberation from what? From the 
bondage and condemnation of sin, of 
course. Paul rejoiced to be a captive 
of Christ. I believe he gave special at- 
tention to the spot in the Damascus 
road where, in the past he had become 
a submissive slave and which marked 
the beginning of victory. "The defeat 
of the true-hearted is victory." It is 
the joy of full surrender that Paul is so 
grateful for here, because he knows 
that it means triumph unto life eternal. 

But Christ conquers in another way. 
Men who will not believe, must be 
conquered by force. Philippians 2:10- 
1 1 tells us: "That at the name of Jesus 
every knee should bow . . . And that 
every tongue should confess that Jesus 
Christ is Lord . . . ." The ultimate 
victory march of our Lord involves the 
triumph by force, when as Judge and 
King He rides victorious over the re- 
bellion of sin. Beloved, this is tri- 
umph, but there is condemnation and 
death to the unbeliever. 

Of course, Paul's thought here cen- 
ters on the victory of faith, and he 
counted it a glorious privilege to be 
chained to the chariot of Christ for 
the rest of his life. He knew that 
union with Christ was the only bond- 
age unto freedom and victory. 

"Make me a captive, Lord 

And I shall be free. 
Force me to render up my sword 

And I shall conqueror be. 


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I sink in life's alarms 

When by myself I stand. 

Imprison me within thine arms 
And strong shall be my hand." 

Plutarch said that the Roman Tri- 
umph was a time when the temples 
were full of fumigations (incense 
odors). "Incense was burned before 
the victor's chariot." So, in the pic- 
ture it was natural for Paul to see him- 
self as an incense bearer before the 
chariot of Christ in God's declared 
triumph. In verse 14 he expressed it, 
". . . and maketh manifest the savour 
of his knowledge by us in every place." 
There is something, should be some- 
thing, must be something about the 
Christian that is always giving off the 
spiritual odor of the knowledge of 
Christ. Wherever the Christian goes, 
he ought to be manifesting and reveal- 
ing the fact that he is in close contact 
with the triumphant Christ. He knows 
Him. He walks with Him. His life 
speaks of Him. 

Paul doubtless means that the in- 
cense bearer is so filled with the per- 
fume of the incense that he himself 
is perfume. He is so filled with Christ 
that he exhales the sweetness of the 
Lord. It is the odor of sanctity. The 
lowliest life which God is leading in 
the triumph of Christ will speak per- 
suasively for Him. What a thrill to 
have the unmistakable perfume of 
Christ. When you leave the Chinese 
gift shop where the incense has been 
burning, you bear abroad the incense 
odor, but it soon wears off. It is only 
the constant contact, the consistent 
communion, that keeps the perfume 
fresh and strong. How is your spiritual 
fragrance today? When you pass 
others, does your life exude the fra- 
grance of Christ, or do you send forth 
the scent of the world, the flesh, and 
the devil? 

The sweet savor of Christ in us has 
a varied effect. It is — 


(w. 15-16) 

"Yea, we are a fragrance of Christ 
to God among those who are saved 
and among those who perish; to some 
an odor of death that kills, to others 
an odor of life that gives life" (II Cor. 
2:15-16, Beck — New Testament In 
The Language of Today). 

We are here introduced to the peril 
of preaching and the problem of wit- 
nessing for Christ and living the con- 

sistent Christian life. It is an experi- 
ence of joy mixed with sadness. For 
the fragrance of the life lived in close 
contact with Christ falls upon people 
with different senses of smell. To 
some it is sweet. They believe, and 
with joy receive the Word. These are 
the ones being saved and to them the 
fragrance of our life is the smell of 
life unto life. 0, joy of rejoicing, 
when God by His grace uses one of us 
who by close contact with Christ is 
spreading abroad the sweet savor of 
the knowledge of the Saviour to at- 
tract a sinner toward Christ! To such 
we carry the perfume of life. 

But Christian, let me remind you 
that the same sweet Christian life and 
testimony may be to others the stench 
of death itself. To those who, by 
their own active, willful rebellion and 
rejection of the knowledge of God are 
perishing, we smell like death unto 
death. Every sermon, every word of 
witness, every lovely Christian life that 
lifts the fragrance of Christ into the 
nostrils of the unrepentant sinner only 
increases the guilt of his sin and the 
intensity of his final judgment and the 
hardness of his heart. But this is the 
inevitable penalty of human freedom. 

Knowing that when he preached, 
witnessed, and lived Christ, some 
would be saved and some would be 
lost with greater condemnation, Paul 
exclaims, ". . . And who is sufficient 
for these things?" (v. 17). The implied 
answer is "We are!" And that, because 
we are involved in— 


(v. 17) 
Paul dared to say that he was suf- 
ficient because he was not like many 
who corrupted the Word of God like 
one who peddled cheap wares for his 
own profit. He will not make mer- 
chandise of the truth. He will not put 
the choice berries or apples on top, 
and within deny by adulteration, the 
eternal truths of inspiration, virgin 
birth, and blood atonement. Paul said 
that his message was pure truth and 
with such he was not afraid to face 
men. It was sound, sincere to the core. 
He had done nothing behind closed 
doors (Read Ezek. 8:7-13). The 
"many," almost always the majority 
today, are watering down the truth of 
God. Paul's confidence rested in the 
awareness of the fact his life and min- 
istry were, ". . . As of God, in the 
sight of God ... in Christ" (v. 17). 

When you speak God's truth you can 
speak with authority. When God is 
your witness you speak with confi- 
dence. When Christ is the sphere and 
sum of your witness, when you never 
go beyond Him and because you can- 
not exhaust Him, you speak of the 
knowledge of God himself. 

When you get away from the char- 
iot of Christ, the triumphant one, 
you become like Peter when he refus- 
ed to accept the simple statement of 
Jesus, and the Lord had to rebuke him 
with, ". . . thou art an offense to me: 
for thou savourest not the things that 
be of God, but those that be of men" 

Every man, woman, or youth who 
believes God, trusts Christ, and lives 
close to Him, who is the victor, the 
triumphant one; smells of the sweet 
savor of Christ. True to some it is the 
smell of death unto death, but to 
others it will be the odor of life unto 
life, and always to God it is the "sweet 
savor of Christ." ". . . Christ also hath 
loved us, and hath given himself for 
us an offering and a sacrifice to God 
for a sweetsmelling savour" (Eph. 5:2). 

Money for College— 

(Continued from page 1 7) 

Hence, for the student living away 
from home, this will amount to only 
about one-half of the total cost for 
the year. In many instances, the 
other half of the college cost can 
be made up either through work, 
scholarships, grants, or a combination 
of these. It should be kept in mind, 
though, that the philosophy of finan- 
cial aid is that the primary responsi- 
bility of supplying funds for college 
rests with the student and his family. 
Any aid which the student receives, 
either from governmental sources or 
the institution, should be considered 
supplemental to what the family can 

With today's emphasis on higher 
education, it is important that every 
young person, particularly a Christian 
young person, gives thought to meeting 
the increased demands of today's world. 
With the great emphasis being placed 
on aid to education, it is possible for 
any young person, with the will to do 
it, to go to college and to complete his 
education without the fear of having 
to leave because of lack of finances. T 

March 22, 1969 


Approximately ninety alumni and 
friends of Grace Seminary enjoyed 
the annual alumni banquet on Thurs- 
day of the conference week. Speak- 
ers for the banquet, which was held 
at the Winona Hotel, included Presi- 
dent Herman A. Hoyt; Glen "Chet" 
Kammerer, head basketball coach; 
and Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., dean of 
the seminary. 

The Grace College Male Quartet, composed of (1 to r) Rich Dick, Dale McDaniels, 
Ed Lewis, Gary Cole, and Dave Goodman, provided entertainment for the seminary 
alumni banquet. This quartet is the same one which traveled with Prof. Donald Ogden 
to the west coast last summer. 

Conference Candids! 

The perceptive lens of our roaming cameraman captured many candid 
scenes during the eighteenth annual Grace Bible Conference, held on the 
campus of Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., January 
28-31, 1969. The following shots were taken during the week, which 
included rich messages and Christian fellowship for alumni and friends 
attending the annual event. 

Chaplain Donald F. Carter (U.S. Army, ret.), who delivered the L.S. Bauman Memorial 
Lectures, chats during the morning coffee break with seminary student Ross Weidman. 
Chaplain Carter, who now pastors the Grace Brethren Church of Anaheim, Calif., 
presented a stimulating and practical series of messages on the ministry of the chaplain. 

Speaker Paul Little was available at 
the College Bookstore autograph party 
on Wednesday to sign copies of his book 
How To Give Away Your Faith. Dr. John 
Davis of the seminary faculty was also 
present to autograph copies of his book 
Biblical Numerology. 

"We're taking good care of your son here," President Hoyt seems to be telling Rev. Clair 
Brickel, pastor of the Brookville, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church. Dave Brickel (left) is a 
sophomore music major in Grace College. Two sisters, Ann and Barbara, also attend Grace. 


\. I — 

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"Go where the fish are!" exclaims Dr. Paul 
Little, director of evangelism for Inter- 
Varsity Christian Fellowship. Little delivered 
the R. Paul Miller Memorial Lectures each 
morning and conducted a workshop in 
evangelism one afternoon. 


*• '. 

Mrs. R. Paul Miller (left) was on campus for part of the conference. The Miller 
Memorial Lectures, in memory of her late husband who was a pioneer in the field 
of evangelism in The Brethren Church, were delivered this year by Dr. Paul Little. 

Rev. Randy Poyner, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Lansing, Mich., was among those who 
"dug in" and enjoyed the pie at the alumni banquet. 
A business meeting of the seminary alumni association 
followed the meal. 

Mrs. Jesse Deloe, Jr., pastor's wife 
from the North Riverdale Brethren 
Church in Dayton, Ohio, concen- 
trates on one of the speakers at the 
alumni banquet on Thursday. 

"But Jonah chose to go that-a-way !" Dr. Alden Gannett, president of 
Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Ala., was the alumni-sponsored 
speaker and spoke to the college student body each morning. He also 
conducted a workshop on the topic, "Is the Local Church Relevant for 

March 22, 1969 


Campus News Briefs... 

Three Grace College students achieved a perfect 4.0 grade aver- 
age for the first semester of the current school year, according to 
registrar Ron Henry. The three were Stephen Grill, a junior speech 
major and a member of the First Brethren Church of Dayton, 
Ohio; Brian Martin, a freshman and a member of the Community 
Grace Brethren Church in Warsaw, Indiana; and Wayne Mensinger, 
a junior social studies major and a member of the New Troy Breth- 
ren Church in Michigan. 

The top ten percent of the college student body was named to 
the honor list with the top ten students comprising the dean's 
list. Averages on the honor list ranged down to 3.5. 

The development department of Grace Schools will have three 
summer development teams this year. A male quartet led by 
Terry White, director of public relations, will tour the West. Phil 
Lance and Ed Lewis, both 1969 graduates of Grace College, will 
lead mixed quartets through the Midwest, East, New England and 
Southern states. This is the first summer for three teams. 

According to a recent release by the athletic committee of Grace 
College, head basketball coach Glen "Chet" Kammerer and his 
squad of Lancer cagers will take a trip to California during this 
Christmas vacation. The tour will include games with six West 
Coast colleges and services in five churches. 

The annual seminary-sponsored Christian Education Workshop 
will be held this year on May 3 and May 10. Under the direction 
of Prof. Paul Fink, the program has been greatly expanded this 
year to three simultaneous sessions for parents, Sunday-school 
teachers, and pastors. The May 3 workshop will be held in the 
Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio, and the May 10 session 
will be on the Grace campus. Anyone interested in attending is 
encouraged to write to Prof. Fink for details. 

Dr. Jesse Humberd, director of summer school at Grace College, 
has announced an expanded session this year. In all, 35 courses 
will be offered in ten departments, and up to 12 hours of college 
credit may be earned. Room and board are available and most 
classes will meet in the air-conditioned new library. The first term 
is June 2— July 1 1 and the second is July 14— Aug. 8. Write to Dr. 
Humberd for further details. 


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Friends of Grace Schools living in Indiana are encouraged to 
write to their state senators and representatives to help achieve 
passage of a new Tuition Equalization Bill. In essence, the measure 
would provide state aid for the Indiana resident student who 
chooses to attend a private institution rather than a state school. 
Amounts up to eight hundred dollars would be available to equalize 
the difference between state and private schools. Some 20 states 
now have similar legislation pending, and the 33 independent 
colleges and universities in Indiana have united in supporting this 

A recent survey showed that Grace Theological Seminary will 
grant 33 degrees this spring. Some 30 will receive the new degree 
of M. Div. which replaces the B.D., and three are candidates for 
the M.R.E. Of the 33, 14 are Brethren. Five of the Brethren are 
planning to enter foreign mission fields, seven are going into the 
pastorate, one will be in teaching, and one plans on postgraduate 

Plan now to attend! 


MAY 3-4; 1969 

Organized and directed by a committee of Grace College students, OPERATION 
INSIGHT is designed: 

—to acquaint parents of students, prospective students, and pastors with the 
Grace College campus 

—to encourage a closer relationship between parents and students and between 

- parents and faculty members 

—to express appreciation to the parents from students, faculty, and adminis- 


Parent-faculty reception Simulated classes with Grace College profs 

Special luncheon for parents with President Hoyt speaking Six-college tennis tournament 

Bus tours of Christian Assembly property, new student union, student office building, etc. 
Dinner in Alpha Hall dining commons Open house in mens and womens residence halls 

Special "Pops" concert Saturday night with the Grace College Community Concert Band 

♦Parents and guests are encouraged to come one day early and attend the dedication ceremonies of 
the new $650,000 library-learning center on May 2. 

March 22, 1969 23 

Tour Time! 

This Easter season the 45-member 
Grace College choir and brass ensemble 
will be taking an 18-day tour through 
churches in Ohio, Pa., and Mich. 

Directed by Prof. Donald Ogden 
and Prof. Jerry Franks, the group will 

Prof. Jerry Franks 

Prof. Donald Ogden 

perform a varied program of choral 
masterworks, sacred compositions and 
gospel hymn arrangements. A special 
highlight of the 1969 tour will be the 
inclusion of the Easter section from 
Handel's "Messiah." The itinerary is 
listed below. 


Grace College Choir and Brass Choir — Spring, 1969 

Friday, March 21 

Xenia, Ohio, Ferguson Jr. High School, 1:45, 2:35 

Kettering, Ohio, Calvary Brethren Church 

Saturday, March 22 

Dayton, Ohio, Southern Ohio Youth Rally 

Sunday, March 23 

Dayton, Ohio, Patterson Park Brethren Church 

Covington, Ohio, First Brethren Church 

Columbus, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church 

Monday, March 24 

Worthington, Ohio, Worthington High School 

Lexington, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church 

Tuesday, March 25 

Ashland, Ohio, Southview Grace Brethren Church 

Wednesday, March 26 

Kittanning, Pa., First Brethren Church 

Thursday, March 27 

Uniontown, Pa., First Brethren Church 

Friday, March 28 

Harmony, Pa., Reformed Church 

Saturday, March 29 

Middlebranch, Ohio, Northern Ohio Youth Rally 

Sunday, March 30 

Akron, Ohio, Hillwood Chapel 

Monday, March 31 

Elyria, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church 

Tuesday, April 1 

Wooster, Ohio, First Brethren Church 

Wednesday, April 2 

Pontiac, Michigan, First Baptist Church 

Thursday, April 3 

Taylor, Michigan, Evangelical Baptist Church 

Friday, April 4 

Michigan Center, Michigan, Bible Church 

(afternoon and evening) 

Saturday, April 5 

Lansing, Michigan, Michigan Youth Rally 


Sunday, April 6 

Lansing, Michigan, Grace Brethren Church 



APRIL 5. 1969 


Argentina is like 
any mission field 

The goal is people. 


Missionary Outreach— 1969 . 

Argentina-Promise of Treasure 

Children's Page 

A Doctor for Africa 

Compassion .... 

Church News 

Too Many Churches 

Laymen's Page 

Motivation Unto Service 

A Vessel for His Use 


Which Lady Is the Leader? . 

Pick of Vital Books 






















KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Harold Jones 

April 5, 1969 

Volume 31, Number 7 

Foreign Missions and WMC Issue 



SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Brethrer 
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Brethren Missionary Herald 

The Editor Speaks . . . 

By Clyde K. Landrum 

Outreach - 


With the slogan "The Bible, the 
whole Bible, and nothing but the 
Bible," one could expect The Breth- 
ren Church to be strong in its mission- 
ary program. And there is much for 
which to praise the Lord in the Breth- 
ren missionary outreach in this year 
1969. Hawaii, one of the newest 
states in the Union is being reached. 
Alaska will be entered in July of this 
year, and a concerted effort is being 
made to cover all the states inasmuch 
as possible. Germany, the eighth for- 
eign mission field is on the schedule 
for 1969, and work in the other seven 
fields is showing real progress and 
promise. The missionary literature 
ministry is growing and expanding. 
Herald magazine subscriptions are at 
the 1 1,000 mark, the number of pub- 
lished books by Brethren authors is in- 
creasing, and the Brethren Adult Quar- 
terly is being updated and expanded. 
In 1969 a West Coast BMH branch will 
be set up, and a printing plant estab- 
lished at Winona Lake. Indeed 1969 is 
a BMH year. Grace Schools enroll- 
ments are up, demanding expansion of 
all facilities. The training programs in 
both the seminary and college are be- 
ing strengthened and expanded, bring- 
ing into focus the great need for added 
personnel. With more trained Breth- 
ren young people going out into the 
work of the Lord the outreach of 
Grace Schools is being enhanced. Chris- 
tian Education emphasis, through the 
Christian Education Department is be- 
ing expanded. Great stress is being laid 
on the need for Christian Day Schools, 
Christian Education conferences are 
stimulating the thinking of teachers 
and workers, and the youth Training 
In Missionary Endeavor program is 
sending young people across the coun- 
try and around the world. The Board 

of Evangelism, made up of an equal 
number of laymen and pastors, is stim- 
ulating new enthusiasm for evangelism 
through evangelism seminars, as well as 
seeing many decisions for Christ in 
local Brethren churches through the 
ministry of evangelistic campaigns. 

Such an accelerated missionary out- 
reach necessitates a strong home base. 
While our people are to be encouraged 
to maintain their support of this minis- 
try beyond the confines of the local 
church, they also are to be encouraged 
to keep the home base strong. And, 
this is being done. New buildings are 
springing up, many of them planned 
by the Brethren Architectural Service. 
More and more buildings are being 
planned to provide adequate facilities 
for best results in Sunday schools and 
Christian Education, including the 
operation of Christian Day Schools. 

Not only are buildings which house 
the church improving, but the individ- 
uals who make up the church are be- 
ing instructed and encouraged to reach 
out to other people with the Gospel. 
In the final analysis the test of success 
is the growth in spiritual stature and 
membership of the church that is of 
utmost importance. At least some 
churches are stressing going into homes 
with classes to reach people for Christ, 
rather than just sitting and waiting for 
them to come into the church building 
to hear the Gospel. Although nothing 
in the way of a massive effort to reach 
people of other races is being done in 
our churches, there is some movement 
in this direction. It is the responsibil- 
ity of each member of the body of 
Christ to do his utmost to work and 
give sacrificially to maintain a strong 
home base that our missionary out- 
reach in this year 1969 might be ex- 

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Argentina received its name from 
the Latin word meaning silver, signify- 
ing the hope of its early explorers. 
Though their dream was never realized, 
this country did, in time, prove its 
value in many other ways and now 
takes its place as a leader among the 
nations of Latin America. 


In 1535, forty-three years after 
Columbus discovered the New World, 
the first Spanish settlers arrived in this 
land in their quest for gold and silver. 
Forty-five years later the city of Buenos 
Aires was established by the Spaniards 
to guard against the expanding Portu- 
guese colony across the river in Brazil. 
Spain ruled this area until 1808, when 
Napoleon's conquest of Spain gave 
those in the New World the hope ot in- 
dependence. It was General Jose de 
San Martin, the George Washington of 
Argentina, who organized, equipped, 
and trained an army; crossed the Andes 
mountains from Argentina into Chile 
in a surprise attack; and routed the 
Spanish army, giving independence and 
liberty to Argentina, Chile, and Peru. 

Later, in 1853, a truly constitutional 
government was established, patterned 
much after the constitution of the 
United States, and in spite of occasion- 
al revolutions the Argentine nation 
boasts of political freedom and offers 
its people equality and opportunity. 
The theme of the national anthem, 
"Hear, Mortals, the Sacred Cry of 
Liberty," is the proud desire of the 


Argentina, one-third the size of the 
United States, is a vast paradise with 
all the majestic panoramas of God's 
handiwork. In the northern limits one 
finds tropical jungles filling the moun- 
tains and ravines once traveled by the 
Inca Indians of Peru. The western bor- 
der is marked by the high peaks of the 
Andes mountains which divide Argen- 
tina from Chile. Here one finds Mt. 
Aconcagua, the highest peak in the 
Western Hemisphere, as well as inter- 
nationally-known year-round resorts 
beside beautiful mountain lakes. This 
mountainous area makes up about one- 
third of the total land area of Argen- 

The southern tip of the country, 
reaching to within 500 miles of the 
Antarctic continent, was named Tierra 
del Fuego (Land of the Fires) when 
Magellan, making his famous round- 
the-world voyage, saw the fires of the 
natives along the shore. The Atlantic 
Ocean forms the 1600-mile eastern 

The Pampas in the center of the 
country comprise about one-fifth of 
the land area. This fertile grassy plain 
stretches some 400 miles northwest, 
west, and south of Buenos Aires. Much 
of the wealth of Argentina lies in this 

City picture— Buenos Aires 

area where one sees endless wheat 
fields and enormous herds of beef 


About 90 percent of the twenty- 
three million Argentines are whites of 
European descent. Eight percent are 
of mixed white-and-Indian ancestry. 
The remaining two percent are of pure 
Indian blood. More than one-third of 
the entire population lives in the great- 
er Buenos Aires area, while about one- 
fourth lives in the rural areas of the 

One notices a strong European flavor 
in the culture of the Argentine. The 
influences of Spain, Italy, and England 
can be noted especially. This mixing 
together of cultures has produced a 
singularly Argentine culture of which 
the Argentine is proud. Even his 
speech is decidedly different and can 
be spotted as Argentine in almost any 
Spanish-speaking country. Argentines 
are also justly proud of their 90 per- 
cent literacy rate. 


About 84 of every 100 Argentines 
claim to be Roman Catholic, which is 
the official religion of the country. By 
the constitution the president and the 
vice president must be of this faith. 

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Actually, the growing influences of 
materialism, agnosticism, and new 
ideas leave many without a practicing 

The entire professing Protestant 
group may total some 450,000, but 
those preaching a true saving faith in 
the Lord Jesus are a much smaller 
number. One non-partisan encyclo- 
pedia comments: "Several Protestant 
churches have tried to establish mis- 
sions in Argentina, but with little suc- 
cess." However, the evangelical com- 
munity is growing, and united efforts 
in the fields of literature, radio, and 
evangelism are making their impact on 
the populace. 


The rich soil of the Pampa accounts 
for about three-fourths of Argentina's 
wealth. Not having to depend on arti- 
ficial fertilizers, this land continually 
supplies wheat for export, and year- 
round pasture for the numerous types 
of livestock. Argentina ranks with the 
world's leaders as an exporter of meat, 
hides, wool, wheat, cotton, and corn. 
Argentina's beef industry has been im- 
portant since 1877, when a refrigerated 
ship first carried chilled beef to En- 
gland. Argentina exports more beef 
than any other country and supplies 
over half of the world's animal hides. 
The large emphasis given to raising 
beef has given the "gaucho," the Argen- 
tine counterpart of the western cow- 
boy of the U.S., ample opportunity to 
establish his worldwide fame. 

Mission History 

In 1909, while most of the world 
waited to know the outcome of Ad- 

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Cattle on hillside, gaucho on horse. 

miral Peary's attempt to reach the 
North Pole, the attention and prayers 
of The Brethren Church went south, 
down below the equator. Argentina 
was chosen as a mission field when it 
was seen that, though the populous 
coastal cities had some gospel witness, 
the vast, recently settled flatlands of 
the interior had no way of hearing 
the powerful message of God's love. 
Our first missionaries went 400 miles 
inland from the eastern seacoast and 
purchased property in downtown Rio 
Cuarto. Now on this same spot stands 
the largest of our churches cared for 
by a national pastor. It is a monument 
to heroic efforts on the part of mis- 
sionaries and nationals in spite of un- 
believable discouragements and dis- 
appointments, and clearly shows the 
loving faithfulness of our Lord. 

Among the first missionaries were 
Clarence Sickel and his wife. Soon 
after arriving on the field they pur- 
chased an old Model T truck, trans- 
formed it into a Bible-coach, and thus 

expanded the outreach of the gospel 
testimony. They visited towns, farms, 
and out-of-the-way places where the 
Gospel was quite unknown. This was 
the opening wedge for the Gospel, and 
at least three of our present churches 
owe their existence to this work. 
Sometimes the results were long in 
coming, but the Lord was carefully 
watching over the sown seed and today 
there are churches in these places. 

In 1924 Miss Johanna Nielsen ar- 
rived on the field, and her subsequent 
ministry among the women resulted in 
the founding of the first WMC in 
Argentina. Then in 1936 and 1938, 
respectively, the Paul Dowdys and the 
Hill Maconaghys came to the help of 
the Sickels. The missionary ranks were 
further strengthened in 1946 when the 
Solon Hoyts and the Lynn Schrocks 
arrived on the field. 

Since then the Jack Churchills, the 
James Marshalls, Miss Bertha Abel, the 
Donald Bishops, the Robert Covers, the 
Clark Millers, the Nelson Fays, and the 

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Gordon Austins have arrived in turn 
to take their places alongside the mis- 
sionaries and nationals to see the na- 
tional church forged into a solid, ca- 
pable, spiritual organization. Moments 
of crisis have often been the order of 
the day. Satan seems determined to 
maintain his stronghold in this land, 
but these challenges of disappointment 
have in effect caused the national 
church to mature so that now national 
leaders show themselves to be very 
capable in handling their own affairs. 
A significant milestone of growth was 
signaled recently as a mission station 
among the Indians in the north of 
Argentina was opened, all by Argentine 
initiative, personnel, and funds. 

Mission Activities 

The goal of any mission should be 
that the people who have been reached, 
take upon themselves the responsibility 
of reaching their own for Christ. This 
means the establishing of a strong 
national church. 

In the early years the need was seen 
to pastor local works and show by ex- 
ample how nationals should lead their 
people. In recent years the mission- 
ary's role has changed somewhat, and 
though he often finds responsibilities 
in helping a local church, his main ef- 
forts are directed to those areas of 
Christian service where funds and per- 
sonnel cannot yet be supplied by the 
national church. 

It is gratifying to see the national 
church take over the paying of their 

'Sack race" at camp (Jan. '69) 

National pastor Juan Colle talking with (I to r) Bible Institute students Maria del Carmen 
Rolando, Susana Ruth Kuipers, and radio worker Betty Pizzarro. 

pastors' salaries, the building of their 
own churches and parsonages, the sum- 
mer camp program, the "old folks 
home" project, the sending of their 
own missionary to the Indians, Child 
Evangelism classes, and the handling of 
all the paper work and administration 
as an officially recognized legal institu- 
tion. They have also taken over much 
of the responsibility of administering 
and teaching in the Bible Institute. 
Also, nationals serve on all committees 
of the work, including those which are 
mainly mission-sponsored. 

But still there remains much for the 
missionary to do. Miss Bertha Abel 
handles the ever-growing correspon- 
dence course ministry. Rev. Solon 
Hoyt serves as director of the Bible 

Institute as well as leading in neigh- 
boring churches which have no pastor. 
Rev. Lynn Schrock and Rev. Clark 
Miller are occupied as church-planting 
missionaries, working directly to estab- 
lish local churches. Rev. Gordon 
Austin heads up the radio ministry and 
also makes use of his technical ability 
in providing audio-visual materials for 
use both on the field and at home. 
Rev. Nelson Fay has responsibilities as 
professor at the Bible Institute. Rev. 
Hill Maconaghy, besides helping in 
neighboring churches without pastors, 
manages the successful Christian book- 
store in a large shopping-center suburb 
of Buenos Aires. Rev. Robert Cover 
finds plenty to do heading up the 
field's literature program, which in- 
cludes managing the Rio Cuarto book- 
store, and helps in various churches 
where no national pastor is available. 
Truly the Lord has been faithful 
down through the years. Much has 
been done through His grace. But 
much remains to be done. Numerous 
areas of Argentina have not yet heard 
the Gospel. The loss of some of our 
workers has caused those on the field, 
both national and missionary, to dou- 
ble their efforts and responsibilities. 
Opportunities such as literature evan- 
gelistic crusades, Bible conference work 
among the churches, skilled technical 
assistance in the fields of radio, litera- 
ture, formal Bible teaching, and pioneer 
work in unevangelized areas remain un- 
answered challenges until we have more 
workers. "Pray ye therefore the Lord 
of the harvest, that he will send forth 
labourers into his harvest" (Matt. 
9:38). ▼ 

April 5, 1969 


Sunnyside MH'ers 

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A couple of months ago the 
Children's Page printed pictures 
of MH'ers at the First Brethren 
Church of Sunnyside, Washing- 
ton. Here are three more of that 
group. Starting at the top: Ste- 
ven, Suzan, and Stewert-and 
their last name is Rogers. 

Let's Talk About Argentina 

This little Argentine boy is 
pointing to the words on the out- 
side of a building: Instituto 
Biblico. These are Spanish words, 
which in English mean Bible In- 

Spanish is the language of Ar- 
gentina. And all MH'ers know 
that Argentina is one of the 
Brethren mission fields, located 
way down in South America. 

Bible Institutes are important 
on mission fields, because these 
are schools where young people 
are trained to become pastors and 
other kinds of Christian workers. 
And many, many more workers— 
both missionaries and Argen- 
tines—are needed in that land. 

Did you notice that this number of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is a special 
"Argentina" issue? There is the nice 
colored picture on the cover, and inside 
there are pictures and a map, and an 
article which tells all about the Brethren 
mission field in Argentina. 

When you are using your foreign mis- 
sions Prayer Calendar booklet, and are 
praying for the missionaries in Argentina, 
please remember to pray for their chil- 
dren also— you'll see their names listed 
with the parents. 

And pray for all the boys and girls in 
Argentina— because they, just like boys 
and girls all over the world, need to 
know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. 












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It is good news to all— missionaries, 
Africans, and the many people in the 
homeland who have been praying— that 
a doctor and his family are under ap- 
pointment for the Brethren field in the 
Central African Republic. 

Dr. and Mrs. William L. Walker have 
been residents of Rittman, Ohio, for 
over ten years, and Dr. Walker has 
carried on a general practice there. 
They are members of the First Breth- 
ren Church of Rittman. Over the past 
year or two, the Walkers have had a 
growing consciousness of the need for 
medical personnel on the Africa field, 
along with an awareness that perhaps 
God could use them there. 

The situation came to the place that 
Dr. and Mrs. Walker made a trip of 
about six weeks duration to the CAR 
in May and June of last year. It was 
indeed a "working vacation," for Dr. 
Walker devoted himself to the varied 
needs at the Medical Center. This was 
during the time that Dr. Floyd Taber 
was on furlough and there was no 
doctor on the field. This "trial run" 
convinced the Walkers that God would 
have them offer themselves to return 
to the medical work in Africa. 

The foreign board in its midyear 
meeting, just past, appointed Dr. and 
Mrs. Walker to missionary service in 
Africa. They will be accompanied by 

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their four daughters: Karen, Linda, 
Janet, and Tina Marie, and their one 
son, David. 

Dr. Walker had the privilege of be- 
ing reared in a Christian home, his 
father being a Baptist pastor. Born in 
Colorado, he graduated from high 
school in Nebraska, and took his col- 
lege and medical training in Missouri. 
After he received his medical degree 
(D.O.) at the Kirksville College of 
Medicine and Surgery, Kirksville, Mo., 
he interned at the Orrville Community 
Osteopathic Hospital, Orrville, Ohio, 

and then set up his practice at Rittman. 

Donna Walker was born near Woo- 
ster, Ohio, and received all her educa- 
tion in Wooster, including a secretarial 
course at Wooster Business College. 

Brethren churches have been alerted 
to the needs of the Walker family for 
outfit and total support funds, and a 
slide-tape set is being circulated to 
acquaint people with this family. God 
has done great things in definitely an- 
swering prayer, and it is felt that peo- 
ple will respond to this very urgent 
need. T 

The Walker Family (I to r) David, Dr. Walker, Karen, Mrs. Walker, Linda and Janet with 
Tina Marie in front. 


Dr. Floyd W. Taber M.D., has 
served in the Central African Repub- 
lic as a medical missionary since 1937. 

fruitful Compassion. What is the 
ultimate goal of medical mission work? 

To save souls. 

Yes, but that is not all. Saved souls 
left adrift without being nurtured in 
churches never mature. 

So the goal must include making a 
contribution toward building up 
churches which will be self-propagating. 

What is the biggest contribution 
the medical work can make toward 
building up viable self-propagating 

To manifest Christ. 

To manifest Christ as Saviour. Yes. 
His name is Saviour. To manifest 
Jesus is to manifest the perfect Saviour. 

But perhaps our ideas of what con- 
stitutes complete salvation are too 

"I, if I be lifted up from the earth, 
will draw all men unto me" (John 

The biggest contribution we can 
make toward building up viable self- 
propagating churches is to manifest 
Him in His entirety. 

The special sphere of Christian med- 
ical workers is to manifest His com- 

Compassion. Suffering with those 
who suffer. ". . . Weep with them 
that weep" (Rom. 12:15). 

Jesus feels the suffering of His own 
as His own suffering. 

"Then shall the King say unto them 
on His right hand; ... I was sick . . ." 
(Matt. 25:34-36). Every time I min- 
ister to one of His own, I am min- 
istering to Jesus. I am just one 
member of the body of Christ min- 
istering to another member. And 
when that member suffers, I suffer 
with him. 

My brother suffers. Jesus suffers. I 
suffer because I am in Him and He is 
in me. A brotherhood in suffering. 

And the way I take care of this 
suffering brother manifests the com- 
passion of Christ— His sharing in the 
suffering of one of His own. 

Can anyone conceive of a higher 

Efficient Compassion. Subcon- 
sciously I used to feel that a mission 
medical work could not be expected 
to measure up technically to the stan- 
dard of a government or secular medi- 
cal work. I excused myself on the 
basis that a mission working under The 
Brethren Church did not have the 
financial resources of a government. 
As if God's resources were inferior to 
those of any earthly government! 

I felt that I could trust God to 
make up for the inferiority of our 
equipment or the inferior training of 
our personnel. And the amazing thing 
is that many times over He has done 
just that. Patients have gone home 
cured in a way that could not be ex- 
plained on the basis of the treatment 
we had given. 

Yet, now I am persuaded that I was 
tempting God in a way I had no right 
to do. 

I am persuaded that I am respon- 
sible before God to claim from Him 
the equipment, and by His grace to de- 

velop the skill, and train the personnel, 
making it possible to practice modern 
scientific medicine. 

In particular, I used to feel apolo- 
getic for our African personnel, be- 
cause we could not afford to pay the 
wages to secure young fellows with 
grammar school education, and we had 
to give them medical training from 
scratch. But by the grace of God, and 
by frequent refresher courses, and by 
constant oversight, our medical evan- 
gelists do not have to take a back seat 
to anyone in practical, everyday medi- 
cal work. 

Worldwide Compassion. A few 
years ago there were some discussions 
in our Africa field council on the 
question: What is the scope of our 
medical work? 

"God so loved the world . . ." (John 
3:16). He . . . "saw much people, and 
was moved with compassion toward 
them, because they were as sheep not 
having a shepherd . . ." (Mark 6:34). 
The scope of His compassion extended 
to all those who were as sheep not hav- 
ing a shepherd; to those who were 
hungry; to those who were possessed; 
to those who were sick. 

What did His compassion move Him 
to do? To teach, to feed, to heal; and 
to send out his followers to do the 
same things; first the twelve (Matt. 
10:1), then the seventy (Luke 10:1), 
then all believers (John 14:12). And 
He told us to pray the Lord of the 
harvest to thrust forth additional la- 
borers to do the same things (Matt. 
9:37, 38; Luke 10:2). 

If Jesus were walking the roads of 
Central Africa today, would He leave 
out part of His program? "Jesus Christ 
the same yesterday, and to day, and 
for ever" (Heb. 13:8). 

And if He walks on my feet (or 
rides in my auto), will His compassion 
stir me to do less? 

The scope of our commission is 


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limited only by the needs of a suffer- 
ing humanity. 

This realization will influence every 
detail of our program. We need to ask 
ourselves before making every decision: 
How does this fit into the total pro- 
gram for meeting the total need of 
suffering Africans? 

In other words, think to scale, not 
in terms of our resources, but in terms 
of the total need, in the light of God's 
promise, "My God shall supply all your 
need... "(Phil. 4: 19). 

Contagious Compassion. Think to 

Draw up your plans in terms of the 
total need. 

The first big consequence of this 
policy will be: Train Africans to do 
everything you know how to do. 

This means not only to train the 
Africans to do all manual work while 
the missionaries do the teaching, but 
also to have advanced Africans teach 

It means also that Africans learn to 
do all the administration— African med- 
ics to administer the internal workings, 
and an African board of directors to 
have general oversight of the medical 

Another consequence of thinking 
to scale is to follow a building program 
that makes possible the multiplication 
of the number of out-dispensaries. 
This condition is met by having the 
dispensary buildings put up by the 
local church. 

Another consequence of thinking to 
scale is to keep the operating costs 
down to a level where the Africans of 
the bush can afford medical care. 

One corollary of this principle is to 
have a category of medical workers 
which has not reached the level of the 
M.D. in charge of local dispensaries, 
with medical doctors only for super- 
vision and for the training program. 

This involves two types of training, 
one type somewhat more advanced 
than our present medical evangelists, 
and the other type on the M.D. level. 

And there is that all-important in- 
gredient to consider: compassion. 

Compassion cannot be taught, it 
can only be caught. 

We missionaries must be so imbued 
with the compassion of Christ that the 
medical evangelists cannot help catch- 
ing it. ▼ 

Dr. Taber 



Rev. S. Wayne Beaver June 2 

B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic 

Mrs. Pierre-Andre Waridel June 6 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Mr. Pierre-Andre Waridel June 7 

Mission Evangelique, Yaloke via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Rev. Roy B. Snyder June 15 

B.P. 240, Bangui, Central African Republic 

Miss Marie Mishler June 19 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Mrs. Lester W. Kennedy June 30 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 


David Clark Miller June 12, 1966 

Circunscripcion 4, Seccion 4, Manzana 9, Casa 6, Ciudad General Belgrano, Argentina, 


Earle Phillip Hodgdon June 11, 1956 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Beverly Anne Hodgdon June 26, 1961 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 


Rev. Thomas T. Julien June 27 

Chateau de St. Albain, 71-Lugny, France 


Mrs. Roger D. Peugh June 17 

Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Rev. Roger D. Peugh June 17 

Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


Mrs. Rose Foster June 9 

105 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Mrs. Marvin L. Goodman, Jr June 12 

Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Rev. Martin M. Garber June 14 

c/o Mr. John Rae, 209 Rowland Avenue, Modesto, California 95351 

April 5, 1969 


Cku/ccfv News 

Lewis, a senior in Grace College and 
the son of Rev. Edward Lewis, pastor 
of the Margate, Fla., Grace Brethren 
Church, has been called to the position 
of pastor's assistant and youth director 
in the Winona Lake Brethren Church. 
He will serve on a part-time basis under 
Rev. Charles Ashman, pastor, begin- 
ning Sept. 1. Mr. Lewis plans to enter 
Grace Seminary in the fall. 

COOLV1LLE, OHIO. Eight persons 
were baptized in the Grace Brethren 
Church on Feb. 16, and for the month 
of February the average attendance 
was 75. A move was recently made 
into a much larger building with ample 
room to grow. There were five de- 
cisions for salvation during recent re- 
vival meetings. Donald M. Marken, 

Smith of St. Paul Bethel College held 
an excellent conference on the Chris- 
tian home at the Grace Brethren 
Church. He spoke at the church Fri- 
day, at a father-and-son banquet Satur- 
day, both Sunday services, a youth-sing 
Sunday night, and a special vesper-hour 
at Friendship Village. John M. Aeby, 

cation of the Grace Brethren Church is 
5855-54th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 
Fla. 33709. Information concerning 
the church may be obtained from Mr. 
Marian Denlinger, and his phone num- 
ber is area 813, 525-2474. You may 
wish to record the location of the 
church in your Annual. Herman W. 
Koontz, pastor. 

NOTICE. A Bible class is now 
meeting in Lake Worth, Florida, at 
622 Wright Drive. Names and addresses 
of anyone who may be interested in 
the class should be sent to Rev. Gene 
Witzky, 170 N.E. 27th St., Pompano 
Beach, Fla. 33064. The class meets 
each Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 

WHITTIER, CALIF. Jack Schwarz 
has submitted his resignation as minis- 
ter of music to the Community Breth- 
ren Church. His position as full-time 
faculty member at Biola and a possi- 
bility of future work on his doctorate 
have made the decision necessary. He 
was faithful in the position for five 
years. Ward A. Miller, pastor. 

Wesley Haller has resigned as pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church after 
15 years here. He will assume the 
pastorate of the Johnstown, Pa., First 
Brethren Church about June 15. 


Polermo Brothers were at the Grace 
Brethren Church for the morning ser- 
vice Mar. 9. This famous team ot 
Italian brothers has sung the praises of 
God around the world for a quarter of 
a century. Gene E. Witzky, pastor. 

TUCSON, ARIZ. A farewell party 
for Rev. and Mrs. Harold Painter was 
held by the Silverbell Grace Brethren 
Church. Gifts of electrical appliances 
and cash were presented. The Painters 
will leave Tucson after the last Sunday 
in March. 

R. Fleenor of the Rosemont Brethren 
Church was one of two West Virginia 
high school students named to repre- 
sent the state in the 1969 United States 
Senate Youth Program. The students 
will participate in a week-long intern- 
ship in Washington, D.C., to observe 
the United States Senate in action. He 
will also receive a $1,000 scholarship 
from the William Randolph Hearst 
Foundation which sponsors the pro- 
gram. Robert Dell, pastor. 

CHANGES. Address changes have 
been reported for the following: Lee 
J. Crist, 3214 Woodlawn Road, Char- 
lotte, N.C. 28209; Lyle W. Marvin, 
No. 19 Columbus Ave.,Glendale, Calif. 
91202. Henry G. Rempel,6800 Wood- 
ward Ave., Bell, Calif. 90201. Please 
change your Annual. 

FORT LEE, VA. Chaplain John 
Talley reports a high of 27 has been 
reached in his Bible class on the post. 
There have been 20 professions of 
faith. Mrs. Talley has been nominated 
for president of the Protestant women's 
organization on the post. Both of the 
Talleys are seeing fruit in their minis- 
try of teaching Sunday-school classes. 

SAN JOSE, CALIF. Rev. Nathan 
Meyer held an enlightening Prophetic 
Conference in the Grace Brethren 
Church, Feb. 16-21. The average 
nightly attendance was 90, and there 
were many rededications of life. The 
following Sunday, a couple came for- 
ward to publicly confess Christ and re- 
quest baptism. Lew Ingwaldson, pastor. 

ATLANTA, GA. The Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Atlanta is now meeting 
in the Automation Industry Plant on 
McCullum Parkway, near Highway 41 
in North Atlanta. One visitor in church 
was the result of the first night of 
visitation in the area. Rev. and Mrs. 
William Byers also belatedly announce 
the birth of Cheryl Ann on Nov. 21 . 


Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 




Listie, Pa. 
Parkersburg, W.Va. 
Barberton, Ohio 


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Robert Collitt 
Fred Walter 
Melvin Hobson 
Kenneth Cosgrove 


Don Robertson 
B. Charles Hostetter 
Allen Herr 
Dean Fetterhoff 


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DENVER, COLO. The Sunday 
nearest to Abraham Lincoln's birthday 
is celebrated each year as Lincoln 
Penny Sunday by the Denver Grace 
Brethren Church. There is a weighing 
in of pennies for the youth fund with 
the boys and men competing against 
the girls and women. This year broke 
all records, and nearly the scales, with 
five-gallon buckets on each end. The 
girls brought over 9,000 pennies and 
the boys over 6,000 for a grand total 
of $158.50. F. Thomas Inman, pastor. 

YAKIMA, WASH. The Yakima 
Valley Grace Alumni Club met Feb. 8 
with 43 present to hear Rev. Thomas 
Hammers, alumni coordinator of Grace 
Schools. Officers elected for the com- 
ing year were Rev. Charles Winter, 
president; Mr. Glenn Knepper, vice- 
president; Linda Morrell, secretary- 
treasurer. The Yakima Valley club is 
one of 25 presently organized in the 

NORWALK, CALIF. The Norwalk 
Brethren Church helped Mr. and Mrs. 
William Benedict celebrate their 25th 
wedding anniversary on Feb. 23. An 
open house reception was given by 
their daughters Cindy and Shirley. W. 
Stanley Jensen, pastor. 

FINDLAY, OHIO. Rev. Raymond 
Thompson, administrative assistant of 
the Foreign Missionary Society, was 
the guest speaker for the Northcentral 
Ohio District Foreign Missions banquet 
held in the Findlay Brethren Church. 
There were 28 in attendance. Glenn 
R. Coats, pastor. 

May Bible 
Reading Calendar 



1 I KINGS 1.2 LUKE 22:54-71 

2 I KINGS 3,4,5 LUKE 23:1-26 

3 I KINGS 6, 7 LUKE 23:27-38 

4 I KINGS 8,9 LUKE 23:39-56 

5 I KINGS 10, 11 LUKE 24:1-35 

6 I KINGS 12, 13 LUKE 24:36-53 

7 I KINGS 14,15 JOHN 1:1-28 

8 I Kl. 16,17,18 JOHN 1:29-51 

9 I KINGS 19,20 JOHN 2 

10 I KINGS 21,22 JOHN 3:1-21 

11 II KINGS 1,2.3 JOHN 3:22-36 

12 II KINGS 4. 5 JOHN 4:1-30 

13 II KINGS 6, 7, 8 JOHN 4:31-54 

14 II Kl. 9,10.11 JOHN 5:1-24 

15 II Kl. 12, 13.14 JOHN 5:25-47 

16 II Kl. 15,16.17 JOHN 6:1-21 

17 II KINGS 18,19 JOHN 6:22-44 

18 II Kl. 20,21.22 JOHN 6:45-71 

19 II Kl. 23,24,25 JOHN 7:1-31 

20 I CHR. 1. 2 JOHN 7:32-53 

21 ICHR. 3.4,5 JOHN 8:1-20 

22 I CHR. 6, 7 JOHN 851-36 

23 I CHR. 8,9,10 JOHN 8:37-59 

24 I CHR.11, 12.13 JOHN 9:1-23 

25 I CHR.14,15.16 JOHN 9:24-41 

26 I CHR. 17, 18, 19 JOHN 10:1-21 

27 I CHR. 20, 21, 22 JOHN 10:22-42 

28 I CHR.23, 24,25 JOHN 11:1-17 

29 I CHB. 26.27 JOHN 11:18-46 

30 I CHR. 28,29 JOHN 11:47-57 

31 II CHR. 1,2.3 JOHN 12:1-19 

RADFORD, VA. The Fairlawn 
Brethren Church held its youth week 
Feb. 23 to Mar. 2. The film Without 
Onion was shown at the beginning of 
the week and a surprise This is Your 
Life was held for Rev. K. E. Richardson 
on Saturday. The week was closed 
with weekend services held by Rev. 
Richard Dooley of Staunton, Va. 
Charles Hall, pastor. 

SUNNYSIDE, WASH. A thief was 
apprehended while robbing a garage in 
Sunny side. Around his neck hung a 
very expensive camera with the name 
John Mayes on it. He had just pre- 
viously ransacked the office of the 
First Brethren Church of Sunnyside. 
John Mayes, pastor. 

HARRAH, WASH. Two adults and 
six children were recently baptized and 
taken into the membership of the 
Harrah Brethren Church. They are 
Mrs. Cheryl Stach, Mrs. Jeanne Rum- 
bolz, Brian Winter, Stephen Winter, 
Donald Houghton, Teri Houghton, Sal- 
ly Stover, and Roger Stover. After 
a four month insuring delay and then 
road restrictions, the Harrah Sunday- 
school bus was able to make its first 
run on Mar. 10. Driver Gordon Stover 
returned with 19 passengers which 
helped to bring the Sunday-school at- 
tendance that day to 125. Charles H. 
Winter, pastor. 

SAN YSIDRO, CALIF. A Grace Brethren Church has been organized here as 
of Jan. 5. After training classes during November and December, the first bap- 
tismal and communion service was held on Jan. 4. There were 18 young people 
and adults who expressed their desire for charter membership and were received 
into the fellowship. This work began in 1963 with a few families involved, and 
in 1965 services were being held Sunday mornings and evenings and Bible study 
classes were held Tuesday evenings. Walter Haag, interim pastor. 



Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

PIERCE, Alvia, 87, a member of 
the Denver Grace Brethren Church, 
went to be with the Lord Feb. 11. 
Thomas Inman, pastor. 

COBLENTZ, Paul, 70, a life-long 
member of the Dayton, Ohio, First 
Brethren Church, passed away Mar. 5. 
He served on the church deacon board 
for the past 25 years. G. Forrest Jack- 
son, pastor. 

LEMMON, Sarah, 77, went to be 
with the Lord Feb. 14. She had been 
a member of the First Brethren Church 
of West Kittanning, Pa., for 35 years. 
W. Wayne Baker, pastor. 

SHANKLE, Maude, 85, was taken 
to be with the Lord Jan. 11. She was 
one of the few remaining persons who 
was a charter member of the First 
Brethren Church of West Kittanning, 
Pa.' W. Wayne Baker, pastor. 

VANDERHAAR, Trina, a member 
of the Long Beach, Calif., First Breth- 
ren Church since 1947 passed away 
Feb. 12. David Hocking, pastor. 

ER VIN, Arthur, one of the charter 
members of the Grace Brethren Church 
of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., went to be 
with the Lord Feb. 23. A gift is being 
presented to home missions by the 
church in his memory. Jack K. Peters, 

WILLIAMS, Otis, a member of the 
New Troy, Mich., Brethren Church 
passed away Feb. 14. Gerald Kelley, 

April 5, 1969 


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Brethren Missionary Herald 

A different approach to the "pastor shortage" problem 

/Almost 70 percent of the local 
churches in our Brethren Fellowship 
list Sunday-school attendance averages 
under 150 a week. In most of these 
cases the actual congregation of work- 
ing believers is considerably smaller 
than this figure. But even if this 
statistically inflated mean is used, it is 
still obvious that, since we strive to 
provide a seminary or Bible school 
graduate for every one of these groups, 
we have too many small local churches 
and too many spiritually dead ones. 

Clearly the solution is not to close 
down the extra local congregations and 
scatter the sheep in these groups. What 
is urgently needed is a restructuring of 
our thinking, a reordering of our value 
systems, and a renewal of personal re- 
sponsibility for the work that Jesus 
left undone when He returned to the 
Father. We must make maximum use 
of each professional church-worker 
with the God-given gift of government. 
We must purge out the ingrained con- 
cept of the pastor as a hired substitute 
to do the calling, witnessing, and 
preaching for the members. We must 
return to the Biblical concept of a local 
church led by the Holy Spirit working 
through every member not by the per- 
sonal dynamic of a great pastor. 

A local church is a geographically 
delineated member of the body of 
Christ. It is not a building and we 
must stop calling the building the 
church. We do not "go to church" on 
Sunday; we, the church, come togeth- 
er. The building is no more and no 
less sacred than our homes, which is 
where the early Christians met almost 
exclusively until the Emperor Constan- 
tine moved the church meetings into 
the pagan temples as part of an attempt 
to displace the faltering Roman pan- 
theon of gods with Christianity. Ever 
since, people have been going to church 
instead of being the church with in- 
creasingly disastrous results. One of 
the most important first steps toward 
a revived local church is the formation 
of small groups meeting in homes. 
This, more than any other single ac- 
tion, will help restore the feeling that 
a local church is a "group of believers 

who get together regularly." The idea 
that such a group is not a church un- 
less it has a salaried pastor and a build- 
ing program is unscriptural. 

The Biblical pattern for the local 
church makes no allowance for the 
narrow sectarianism which character- 
izes the evangelical movement in the 
United States. Though this division 
creates a problem in reconstructing the 
Biblical model, it does not make the 
task impossible. And let us not forget 
that the pattern we are about to ex- 
amine was so successful that in two 
generations the then known world had 
not only been touched with the Gospel 
but had been, in a sense, turned up- 
side down by it. Within three hundred 
years the church had become the dom- 
inant psycho-social force in its world. 
To get Biblical results, use Biblical 

By Richard Kriegbaum 

One church in a specific locality, 
locally indigenous churches, and de- 
pendence on, and active trust in the 
Holy Spirit. The rest we already have. 
We love the Word, we give our money 
generously, we send missionaries, we 
are willing to work; we have a lot going 
for us. But we must correct these few 
errors in thinking and practice that 
are holding us back. 

Now let us examine these points in 
detail. One church in a locality was 
the constant rule of the Early Church. 
Paul wrote to "the church of God 
which is at Corinth," and "unto the 
church of the Thessalonians which is 
in God the Father." When Paul uses 
the plural form it is to "the churches 
of Galatia," or "the churches of Ju- 
dea," which were regions encompassing 
many cities and thus many churches. 

Mr. Richard Kriegbaum, instruc- 
tor in French at Wheaton (111.) Col- 
lege and Pastor-Moderator of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Wheaton, 
presents his view on the structure of 
the local church. Comments on his 
views will be welcome. -Editor 

There is ample evidence that in Jeru- 
salem there were probably tens of 
thousands of believers, but it is re- 
ferred to without exception as "the 
church " at Jerusalem. This fact does 
not mean that there was one congre- 
gation in Jerusalem; there were many 
congregations, but there was only one 
church. It is not just semantic games 
to distinguish between a local church 
and a congregation. These terms are 
not synonyms. In churches which have 
an early service before the Bible-school 
hour and another service after, two 
separate congregations very naturally 
tend to develop, but since they meet 
in the same building no one would sug- 
gest calling them two churches. If a 
local church can be grouped into two 
congregations then why not three or 
four or ten or twenty or, as in Jeru- 
salem, probably hundreds of small con- 
gregations, all part of one church. If 
the congregations meet separately in 
time, why could they not also meet 
separately in space and still be one 
church? On what Biblical grounds 
must we make every grouping of 
Christians in a city a separate church? 

The logical size for a congregation is 
clearly indicated by our denomina- 
tional statistics. There is a marked 
tendency for a congregation to level 
off around the 150-250 mark. This 
tendency is often lamented, when in 
fact, it is very natural for a group to 
feel socially complete at this size. If 
it gets much bigger, it is difficult for 
everyone to know each other and 
group cohesiveness begins to decline. 
The answer is to foster the establish- 
ment of a second congregation and of 
successive congregations until the en- 
tire city is reached. 

Indigenous churches must not be 
just a reassuringly modern sounding 
theory for foreign missions, it must be 
for us, as it was for the Early Church, 
an accurate description of our true 
practice. The local church must be 
locally indigenous. When it is not, it is 
spiritually flabby, undisciplined and ir- 
responsible. When it is, and to the de- 
gree that it is, it is spiritually strong, 
highly disciplined, and responsible. In 

April 5, 1969 


the Grace Journal, Spring of 1966, Dr. 
Jake Kliever offered ten basic principles 
that support and, in fact, require the 
pursuing of an indigenous pattern for 
the local church. The key principles of 
those which Mr. Kliever enunciates are: 
"Principle 7— All believers are endowed 
with the same spiritual potential for 
witnessing. Principle 8-These believers 
are now 'One Body,' being fitted to- 
gether and built together into a dwell- 
ing of God in the Spirit. Principle 9- 
These believers have equal competence 
as they gather into a group of believers 
to effect local churches of equal ability, 
equality and testimony irrespective of 
their racial, linguistic, geographical or 
cultural origin. Principle 10-Believers 
are to be trained and equipped for the 
work of the Church." Mr. Kliever went 
on to substantiate with case history 
material, the resounding success that 
has characterized The Brethren Church 
in the Central African Republic, con- 
cluding with statistics which showed 
that they have far more members than 
we have in the U.S., but only (at that 
time) 250 churches and only 100 or- 
dained or licensed ministers. These 
facts he offered almost apologetically, 
when in truth they are highly signifi- 
cant in explaining this African miracle. 
Africans, who the colonial governments 
thought were incapable of ruling them- 
selves, have demonstrated that when 
empowered by the Holy Spirit, they 
can become a great and mighty force 
for God with strong local churches and 
responsible leaders. 

We often think of ourselves as al- 
ready highly indigenous in this country, 
but we practice the theory of a cul- 
turally or nationally indigenous church, 
a theory which is nowhere even hinted 
at in Scripture. We somehow think 
that, whereas, it is not healthy for the 
church at Bangui to call an American 
pastor, it is all right for the church in 
Massachusetts to call a California pas- 
tor. The evils that result from allow- 
ing Bangui Christians to learn to de- 
pend on an imported American pro- 
fessional are the same evils that we 
suffer by allowing the church in Massa- 
chusetts to learn to depend on its 
domestic version of an imported pro- 
fessional. In both cases, the local 
church may not learn to do its own 
work, or what it means to be led by 
the Spirit instead of by an imported 
professional minister; never learns to 
feel individual responsibility for God's 

The true test of your local church is 
what would happen if suddenly one Sat- 
urday afternoon the regular pastor were 
called away permanently. 

work, and never rises above a lukewarm 

By contrast, when Paul established 
a church, he left it. He moved on and 
forced the small band of believers to 
either achieve spiritual greatness or 
collapse. They either had to find 
leaders among themselves or be leader- 
less. They either had to study the 
Scriptures for themselves or remain 
ignorant. They either had to lead 
others to Christ or remain numerically 
weak and spiritually dull. The local 
church that manages to struggle along 
only because of the efforts of a salaried 
pastor is no credit to Jesus. Many 
people feel they share in the fruits of 
their pastor's ministry because they 
help to make it possible by providing 
his salary. They receive spiritual 
credit only for what is done in addi- 
tion to their own witnessing, not in 
place of it. The churches Paul founded 
had no such substitute worker to 
whom they could look. They had to 
look directly to the Holy Spirit and do 
all the work themselves. And it 
worked. God's method always works. 

Dependence on the Holy Spirit must 
be a practice, not just a doctrine. 
Many churches depend on the Holy 
Spirit the way a man trusts a para- 
chute, when there is no other choice 
about the matter. When we have tried 
everything we can think of, and all 
fails, then we look to the Spirit. As 
long as the pastor has a good idea 
about how to do something we get 
along fine. But the Spirit is not a thing 
to be activated by the "panic button." 
He is a person who was presented to 
us by Jesus to be our constant guide. 

These three concepts of (1) one 
church in a locality, (2) locally indige- 
nous churches, and (3) dependence on 
the Holy Spirit, are the bases for the 
re-emergence of the true local church 
in the twentieth century. 

Our Brotherhood is blessed with 
many men of unusual executive ability. 
Such men, chosen by God for the 
work, should be placed in positions of 

overall leadership of their local 
churches. This would allow one pro- 
fessional ecclesiastical executive to be 
responsible for the organizational lead- 
ership of all the congregations through- 
out the city. His role would be that of 
training local church leaders, preserving 
purity of doctrine and practice through 
his work with these leaders, and by 
ministering directly to congregations 
or to the entire assembled church as 
needed. In each local congregation 
God would raise up the elders and 
deacons and others that He needed for 
the work. 

For twenty-five years, Dr. McClain 
told us that the Bible clearly estab- 
lished a plurality of bishops or elders 
and of deacons in the local church, in 
addition to the gifts of the Spirit, only 
one of which is the gift of pastor/teach- 
er (Eph. 4:11). There could be no 
finer memorial to this giant of the 
faith than to break loose from the 
stagnation of our human traditions and 
establish this Biblical pattern which 
allows the Holy Spirit to accomplish 
miracles we long to see. The congre- 
gation which cannot move on without 
a salaried full-time pastor is not de- 
pending on the Spirit but on that man. 

The true test of your local church 
is: What would happen if suddenly, 
one Saturday afternoon, the regular 
pastor were called away permanently. 
If the church instinctively begins a 
hurried search for "someone to fill the 
pulpit"— then that is about all the 
previous pastor was doing, and that 
church is far from being a Spirit-led, 
Biblical local church. If on the other 
hand, the church instictively looks 
to the Holy Spirit to choose from the 
ready pool of God-fearing Bible stu- 
dents within the church, each of whom 
has already had experience at preach- 
ing, teaching, and leading; then they 
will not just "fill the pulpit," they 
will fill the needs of the people. Such 
a church is well on its way toward be- 
ing the revolutionary force it was 
meant to be by God. ▼ 


Brethren Missionary Herald 


The National Fellowship of 
Brethren Laymen 

Harold Jones, Editor 

How's Your Boys Work Coming? 

wf fte Same Commit - 

God's Men Are Called to Serve 

our home is 
oom of our 

Chrisfv- or 
Crisis oKjHoi 

/ The treasure room" 

Ihe cozy, light blue be 

two little boys. 

Often at night after fhey^jfl 

to sleep, my wife and I steal iBJ 
i another look or for one more good 

night kiss. It seems that full app 
1 ciation of our small sons comes a little 

easier after the din of the day has sub- 

Children are a treasure. 

April 5, 1969 

Jesus said, "Suffer the little children 
to come unto me . . . for of such is the 
gdom of GodT(Ma& lo7l4)T~^l 
God's Word, as well as parental loVe, 
teaches us that the value of a young 
life is beyond calculation. And, while 
parents should enjoy these riches God 
has put inr their care, are we meeting 
kour awesome responsibility of protec- 
%ng and guiding these priceless young? 
often are our children left 
that easy baby-sitter, television, 
be bombarded with the attitudes 
! morality of this age? 
Are they victims of dads and moms 
who have fallen in line with the child- 
rearing philosophy of our society, 
which mistakes permissiveness for love? 

DdJthes^Wfe-observant youngsters 
see in ; our lives the results of the faith 
we claim to have? 

Are they growing up in an atmos- 
phere^* of love and understanding that 
makes home a very pleasant haven? 

Do they get a good share of our 
time through wholesome family activi- 
ties, including recreation? 

Above all, is Christ- 4he center of 
our family unit? 

Satisfactory answers to these ques- 
tions will close the generation gap we 
hear about so much. The issues in- 
volved lie at the heart of the crisis 
rising in so many Christian homes to- 
day. -Terry Kirkpatrick, Lexington, 


nWtUHZtl/HV tUltO A&UH£& . 

In Romans 10:13 we read, "For 
whosoever shall call upon the name of 
the Lord shall be saved." The promise 
is the same to all. Anyone and every- 
one who believes in Christ will be 
saved. You might ask for what purpose 
is one saved? One is saved to serve the 
Lord. The church is the place where 
every believer will grow in the Chris- 
tian life. Here lies many opportunities 
of service for every believer. Everyone 
of us who claims the name of Jesus 
should be engaged in some type of 
Christian service. Now if you meet 
these requirements and are: first a be- 
liever; second, a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church: and third, a faithful 
Christian with a good testimony; you 
may have the joy of serving as an of- 
ficer or leader in SMM, whether it is on 
the local, district, or national level. 

God has given each of us different 
talents which we are to use for His 
glory. It is easy to sit back in an easy 
chair and say I am willing to serve the 
Lord and I really want to if I could 
only sing as beautifully as my sisters, 
or had the ability to play some musical 
instruments like they do. I could really 
serve my Lord if I could speak in an 
influential and eloquent fashion like 
everybody else, or if I had a magnetic 
personality I could do so much for my 
Lord and win many to Christ. Now, 
you know if God only needed persons 

with all these lovely qualities, He 
would never have called me. But isn't 
it wonderful that God can use every- 
one who is willing to follow Him. We 
need some Mary's and some Martha's 
to get all the work done. We need to 
know ourselves and what talents God 
has given us so we can in turn use 
them for Him. 

Youth is quick to respond and ac- 
cept a challenge. They love competi- 
tion and are eager to try new things. 
They are creative, intelligent, alert, and 
have an overabundance of energy. 
Many are just waiting to be asked to 
do some service for the Lord. 

We can be proud of our SMM girls 
and the quality of work they are do- 
ing. They love the Lord and this is 
the inspiration that keeps them faith- 
ful in attending church, reading their 
Bible, memorizing Scripture, giving, 
praying, and completing all their goals. 
The girls who put God first in every- 
thing have learned best to utilize their 
time constructively and do not waste 
time foolishly. These are the ones who 
complete their required goals and also 
achieve personal goals. 

It has been a privilege to work with 
the girls in SMM and a very rewarding 
experience. I am indeed grateful that 
I have had the opportunity to serve in 
SMM. I have received many blessings 
and have come to a better understand- 

ing of the work in the Fellowship of 
Brethren Churches and to the needs of 
our missionaries at home and abroad. 
Please pray for the SMM girls and 
the patronesses that the Lord may be 
glorified through this organization and 
that each one may be strengthened in 
their spiritual lives and be faithful in 
Christian service. -Ruth Berry, Perrys- 
ville, Ohio T 

Mrs. Ruth Berry 



Brethren Missionary Herald 

Aest/Mees nteanA ntotuNXtuHv . 

lo be of real service in any area 
of life one must have a feeling of want- 
ing to move into action! This incen- 
tive is, in part, what motivation means 
to me. To really be able to realize 
what SMM can do for your girls and 
you, you are going to have to serve 
with motivation! 

One of the greatest ways to serve 

Mrs. Judy Russell 

in WMC today is to serve as an SMM 
patroness. Often it has been said that 
today's SMM is tomorrow's WMC, and 
in great measure, this is true. Are you 
honestly doing what you can to pre- 
serve this great commodity we possess 
in our girls for the tomorrows as we 
await the Lord's return? 

SMM has been in my life for a long 
time. First, I was a member— then a 
patroness, first as a laymen's wife, and 
now as a pastor's wife. I am sold on 
SMM and I believe that those in charge 
are constantly working for a better 
program and are getting one. Say, we 
hear someone out there saying: "The 
girls just don't enjoy SMM anymore." 
I think they can enjoy SMM more each 
year and it is up to us to see that they 
do! SMM, Girl Scouts, Christian Ser- 
vice Brigade, 4-H, Cub Scouts, Pioneer 
Girls, or any other group is only as 
successful as an enthusiastic or dull 
adult leader will let it become. En- 
thusiasm on our part will rub off on 
our girls whether we work with juniors 
or seniors. If we are for it, so will our 
girls be. There may be an occasional 
grumble because it is "fashionable," 
but usually they want you to like them 
and so will eventually be won over. 

How can we help but be for SMM? 
What a joy to hear the various groups 

of SMM girls discuss The Brethren 
Church, its beliefs and practices. They 
are going to be able ". . . to give an an- 
swer to every man that asketh you a 
reason of the hope that is in you . . ." 
(I Pet. 3:15). Don't say you can't 
help them, for even the newest Breth- 
ren WMC lady can do so with the help 
of the easy-to-read books suggested 
and our SMM handbooks. You will be 
surprised what you will learn as well. 

As for the time involved being a 
patroness, you can't afford not to take 
it. Really, it is not as much as it seems. 
After you have spent a little extra 
time the first few months getting ac- 
quainted, you will find that maybe a 
high estimate of six or eight hours (in- 
cluding your meeting night) out of the 
entire month are all that are needed, 
and just think of the benefits! These 
girls are treasures for eternity. 

Don't say, "Maybe I can serve 
later." SMM needs women right now! 
The time is short. This is SMM's 
birthday month. Why not give them 
"motivated you" as a birthday gift? 
SMM needs you as a patroness. Most 
of all, our Lord needs you to be used 
by Him in bringing our girls into a 
Christ-filled, Christ-centered woman- 
hood.-Afrs. Kenneth Russell, Beme, 


April 5, 1969 



It is a humbling experience to be 
forced to look back over your life and 
to see how the Lord has directed and 
used, in even a small way, the mistakes 
of this vessel of clay! His love is won- 
derful—and constantly I am amazed at 
His watch-care and His direction in the 
smallest things of this life." These 
comments came from Mrs. Donald 
Hocking after she had jotted down 
autobiographical material for the in- 
formation of the WMC. She added: 
"I am so appreciative of the thought- 
fulness of the WMC in choosing me as 
a birthday missionary, and of their in- 
terest and prayers." 

In a lighter vein, Betty remarks: 
"Don and I often say that since hs is 
from California and I am from Florida, 
we settled the argument of where to 
live by going to Africa!" 

Thinking back, Betty recalls, "I was 
always small for my age," and she men- 
tions such nicknames as "Squirt" and 
"Shrimp," as well as "Betsy" and 
others. Even since she grew up and 
was married, she has probably contin- 
ued to feel small, for her husband 
towers a full foot over Betty's five- 

Miami was Betty Reeves' birthplace 
and her home until she went away to 
college. Now that her father has re- 
tired, her parents have moved to the 
Florida Keys, where they own a motel. 
Mr. and Mrs. Reeves have had the joy 
of seeing both of their children in 
Christian work; Betty's sister is the 
wife of a Southern Baptist pastor in 
South Carolina. In mentioning that 
she actually never made a personal de- 
cision for the Lord until she was six- 
teen, although she had been baptized 
at the age of nine, Betty pays tribute 
to her sister, for "It was through her 
radiant, consistent testimony that I was 
convicted and realized my need of the 

After high school, "It was only be- 
cause my dad insisted that I go away 
from home for at least one year that I 
went at all," and it was to Bob Jones 
University. Here this girl, who had 
always been shy around strangers, 
found it a frightening experience to be 
among three thousand strangers— and 
so far from home. Again Betty's sister 
was a real help, for she was a junior at 
BJU that year, and she helped the 
younger girl over many of the rough 



f%d &k 

By Marcia Wardell 

Last of a Series 

on the 7968-69 

Birthday Missionaries 

Inevitably, various influences made 
their inroads upon the little freshman, 
who found she enjoyed the classes as 
well as extracurricular activities. She 
attended the mission prayer band and 
began to learn of the world's needs. 
And the Lord began to speak to her 
about full-time service. "I did not feel 
that I could go to the field, but I was 
willing to pray for others. As the year 
progressed, I considered entering the 
field of education, specifically, speech 
education. By Christmas time I had 
made a decision to serve the Lord in 
this way and I was filled with talk of 
major and minors and subjects to be 
taken next year. My dad interrupted 
with a smile on his face: 'I thought 
you were only going for one year, 
Betty.' I gulped and said: 'Well, Dad, 
if it is all right, I'd like to go back!' 
How I praise the Lord for Christian 
parents who were wise in the training 
of their children." 

It was at the university that Betty 
and Don met. They were married in 
Miami right after Betty's graduation 
in 1953; Don had graduated the pre- 
vious year and then took his first year 
at Grace Seminary. The young couple 
settled in Winona Lake, Indiana, and 
Betty taught for one year in a nearby 
high school. Their first son, Jim, was 

born the next summer. During Don's 
last year of seminary he pastored the 
embryo Brethren home-mission work 
in Lansing, Michigan. 

Under appointment for missionary 
service in Africa, the Hockings and 
their little son left in the fall of 1955 
for Lyon, France, and language study. 
Betty relates the story from there on: 

"The scheduled year stretched into 
twenty months because of the serious 
illness of our second son, David, who 
was born at Lyon. During the months 
in France I was in the hospital twice, 
Don underwent surgery on his back, 
and David was in and out of the hos- 
pital for three months. These were 
trying times for us, but the Lord drew 
us close to himself and we felt His 
presence with us daily. How precious 
the promise in Isaiah 43:2 was to us: 
'When thou passeth through the waters, 
I will be with thee; and through the 
rivers, they shall not overflow thee.' 
Those extra months in France enabled 
Don to gain more proficiency in the 
French language, which has been of 
great value here in Africa— His ways are 
perfect! Finally in August of 1957 
we were able to leave for Africa. 

"Our first term was spent at M'Baiki 
after six months of language study at 
Bozoum. Our home was blessed with 
two more sons during those first years 
in Africa— Danny and Tommy. The 
challenge of African youth was laid 
heavily upon our hearts at that time 
and we were set apart by the mission 
to spend our full-time in youth work. 
Following our first furlough we trav- 
eled a great deal holding youth leader- 
ship classes. We also helped in the 
writing of youth materials. 

"In 1962 we were called to the 
Bible Center to teach in the Bible In- 
stitute. We continued to help in the 
(Continued on page 21) 

The Hocking Family 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Michigan WMC Northcentral District 

The Michigan District WMC is praising the Lord for 
victory this year. We are happy to report that for the first 
time in many years we have a WMC group in each of our 
churches. Two of these had been discontinued, but are now 
reorganized. The third is a new group meeting just for fel- 
lowship and the devotional program, for they are very small, 
and not formally organized. These groups are a real an- 
swer to prayer. 

Our fall fally was full of blessings and victories. First of 
all, our place of meeting was at Berrien Springs Grace 
Brethren Church— a church that had been closed, but that 
God led Rev. and Mrs. Robert Poirier to reopen. The local 
ladies did a fine job of preparing a very pleasant day for us. 
Then our speaker, Miss Kwang Ja Park, was a living example 
of victory! Her testimony of salvation, dedication and 
complete surrender to God's will was a challenge to each 
woman. Our love-offering for her was sixty dollars, and 
our home-mission project offering for Berrien Springs was 
over two-hundred dollars. These were real victories for our 
small district. 

We are asking the Lord for daily personal victories and 
we are looking forward to more testimonies of victory at 
our spring rally at Alto. Mrs. Williard Smith, our national 
WMC secretary, has been asked to challenge our ladies with 
a chalk talk. Our project offering will be collected for Miss 
Kwang Ja Park, and we are praying for her in language study 
in the Orient before she goes to Brazil. 

Our district conference in April will also lead us to think 
of victory as we welcome home Rev. and Mrs. Edward Men- 
singer from Africa. Mr. Mensinger grew up in the New Troy 
Brethren Church and is the first Brethren foreign missionary 
from our district. Mrs. Mensinger will speak to our WMC 
ladies during the district conference. 

God has been good to us. It would be easy at times to 
let Satan discourage us with small groups and busy lives, 
but victory has been promised if we will only claim it. 
"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through 
our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be 
ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of 
the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in 
vain in the Lord" (I Cor. 15:57-58). 

The snow and ice had melted, and the Northcentral 
Ohio WMC members felt that a spring day had been slipped 
into January for their satisfaction when they held their 
rally at the Mansfield Grace Brethren Church on January 2 1 . 
The quarter's project was a gift for summer camp, and this 
theme was carried out in badges, programs, and cut-outs of 
balls and bats scattered over the tables on which an en- 
hanced potluck dinner was served. 

Our prayer chairman, Mrs. Everett Niswonger, led the 
morning prayer service. Using Matthew 6:5-7, she strongly 
emphasized the great need of praying for missionaries. She 
told of Dr. Floyd Taber asking for prayer and said that it 
was Rev. James Gribble who requested the fifteenth of the 
month be a day of prayer. She divided us into groups of 
four, asking each member to pray for one continent where 
we have missionaries. 

In the afternoon business session, the project chairman, 
Mrs. Paul Cook, reported receiving thanks for the Tupper- 
ware and washer sent to the Bangui Hospitality House. 
The next offering will be divided between the missionary 
residences and dishes for the Jewish work in Los Angeles. 

Rev. Robert Kern told of the need for our own district 
camp site and explained why one which had been consid- 
ered was not acceptable. The next rally will be at the dis- 
trict conference in Lexington, April 11-12. It will beheld 
on Friday and Saturday and is planned for all members of 
the family. 

The speaker of the day was Mrs. Nelson Fay. She spoke 
first of recent discouragements in Argentina, but said that 
although they have been under strong attack from Satan, 
our Lord is victor. Using Psalm 68:11-12, she reminded us 
that women at home can share in the rewards of missionary 
work by praying and giving. She told how the Argentine 
WMC members carry on their work by praying for radio 
ministry, evangelistic campaigns, children's work and the 
new work among the Indians; giving heavily of the little 
money they have and of their time and strength; and dis- 
tributing tracts; and working in camps as counselors and 

Mrs. Alvin Lehnhart and Mrs. Terrance Taylor provided 
music for the rally. Mrs. Lehnhart sang "Only One Life to 
Offer," and Mrs. Taylor played an organ prelude. -Lucile 

A Vessel 

(Continued from Page 20) 
youth work whenever possible; how- 
ever, the major portion of my time 
was spent in teaching the women in 
the Bible Institute. 

"Since our return to the field in 
1967 we have been 'dorm parents' for 
the missionary children who board here 
during the school year. I have con- 
tinued to teach some classes in the 
Bible Institute and this last semester 

helped teach the junior high missionary 
children. How thankful we are for the 
arrival of Bob Juday and family to fill 
this need for a junior high school 

A very recent change on the field 
has moved the Hockings to Yaloke for 
Mr. Hocking to fill a need on the 
faculty of the James Gribble High 
School. From being dorm parents with 
a houseful of children to being on a 
different station and having to leave 

even their own boys with others, can 
be realized as indeed a drastic change. 
But missionaries are called on to do 
many things which would appall less 
dedicated Christians. The spirit with 
which Betty Hocking has met this chal- 
lenge is no doubt in keeping with one 
further statement which she has made: 
"My prayer is that the Lord will con- 
tinue to test and try this vessel of clay 
until it is molded-empty-and ready 
for His daily use!" ▼ 

April 5, 1969 




The past five years as national SMM patroness has left me 
with many impressions, more understanding and less critical 
of the many phases and areas of Christian work. My work 
in SMM has opened my eyes to the real needs of our teen- 
agers today. The biggest need, I believe, is someone to care 
about them. 

In just a few short years so many changes have engulfed 
the teen-age world; changes in living standards, moral 
standards and dress standards. Restlessness has even ap- 
peared in youth circles of the church with the idea of 
"don't do anything you don't have to do." Today, more 
than ever, the need is very apparent for something solid to 
which one may cling. Girls appreciate the goals and stan- 
dards set up for them in SMM (even though they may com- 
plain). Youth do not want to be left on their own to do as 
they please. 

My experience as national SMM patroness has shown 

me that we must work harder than ever at the job of 
training in SMM. I have learned that a patroness (leader, 
director, sponsor, or whatever she may be called) is re- 
sponsible as to whether her group is active or fails com- 

Working nationally with a group of girls has given me an 
overall picture of how one can serve the Lord in an area 
where there is a real need. 

Someone asked: "What are you doing with all your time 
now since you are not national SMM patroness?" I still 
have a local senior SMM group, am active as primary Sun- 
day-school superintendent and a deaconess in the church, 
and I am hoping to do a little more work in my garden and 
roses— but only time will tell. It's a challenge this year to 
be memorizing I Timothy as one of the personal goals of 
senior SMM. It does a patroness good to learn right along 
with her girls! -Mrs. Ralph C. Hall ▼ 


Resting on past laurels heads the list of taboos along 
my earthly journey as I comply with: ". . . forgetting what 
lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press 
on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] 
prize to which God in Christ is calling us upward" (Phil. 
3:3-14, Amplified Version). Yet anon comes to my mind 
the admonition not to forget all the Lord's benefits. And 
as I think of benefits, serving as national SMM patroness 
afforded me enduring and valuable helps. 

I learned that the problems and decisions of a young 
person are momentous, affecting not only his own life but 
the lives of countless others and for many years to come. 
Every question sincerely asked, every bit of advice sincere- 
ly sought needs prayerful attention. 

I learned that youthful Christian leaders like to tackle 
new ideas. They welcome innovations. Like young David, 
Christian youth go forth to conquer the Goliaths of the 

world saying, "This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine 
hand; . . . that all the earth may know that there is a 
God . . ." (I Sam. 17:46). To watch them turn from tor- 
menting tantrums to mature, mighty mouthpieces for God, 
faithfully, patiently serving Him is worth it all. 

As I was inexperienced and aware of my inadequacies 
when called to be national SMM patroness, the most prac- 
tical lesson I learned was that God honors honest effort. 
DO SOMETHING often comes to my mind along with GET ' 
GOING. With sincere desire to do all to His glory, com- 
mitting my way to Him, and trusting Him, I have so satis- 
fyingly learned that God does do the humanly impossible. 
As wife, mother, pastor's wife, editor's wife, college dean's 
wife, school teacher, and now the enchanting role of grand- 
mother, to be in contact with young folk is frustrating, yet 
fabulous.-Afrs. Arnold Kriegbaum 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Q^UESTION: "How can you tell if 
you are a leader so that you will know 
whether to accept an office or the 
chairmanship of a committee? I keep 
telling myself that I am not a leader, 
but sometimes I wonder if I am just 
making excuses." 

ANSWER: If a computer were 
available and programmed to select 
people with leadership abilities, you 
could feed into it all of your talents, 
characteristics and abilities, and expect 
it to tell you within seconds whether or 
not you are a leader. In the absence of 
a computer, you will have to depend 
on self-analysis. Begin by making a list 
of all the characteristics of a good 
leader; then look at yourself objective- 
ly and decide if you meet the require- 

One of the most important char- 
acteristics of a leader is the ability to 
be a follower. Experience is the best 
teacher. The good leader is faithful 
in carrying out her responsibilities as a 
member of a group or a committee. 
She is able to work harmoniously with 
other members of a committee, in- 
cluding the chairman, and accepts in- 
structions and directions. She is more 
interested in the accomplishments of 
the committee or the group than she 
is in having her own way. 

A good leader is not interested in 
the glory of a position but the privilege 
of service. "And whosoever of you 
will be the chiefest, shall be servant of 
all" (Mark 10:44). She knows that she 
is dependent on the help of those who 
work with her. She shares the prob- 

lems with them and respects their ideas 
and suggestions. She knows that she 
has to work with people and does not 
force them to work for her. 

The leader is out in front of others, 
calling them to join her in service, and 
not behind goading them on to com- 
plete the assignment she has dictated. 
She says, "Let's go and do it," rather 
than, "You get busy and do it." 

A good leader knows that she must 
be replaced eventually and is constant- 
ly training others to take over her re- 
sponsibilities. As she works with other 
women, she patiently tries to help 
them by giving them responsibilities 
and suggestions that will help to make 
them good leaders. She never looks 
down her nose at those she considers 
to be novices, nor does she belittle 
their efforts if they do not measure up 
to her superior ability. This is inex- 
cusable. The good leader never spurns 
the help of others because "she can do 
it much better herself." She helps to 
increase the ability, confidence and 
effectiveness of others because the 
organization will benefit from the ser- 
vice they can render. She is not 
afraid that they will become her "com- 

The good leader tries to think cre- 
atively. She does not fall into the rut 
of doing the same thing year in and 
year out. She not only thinks of new 
ideas, she puts ideas into motion. In 
addition, she tries to draw ideas out of 
other members of her group or com- 

Whether her job is large or small, 

the good leader is faithful. She will 
allow nothing to stand in her way and 
prevent the completion of her project 
or job. She lives a self-disciplined life, 
organizing her personal affairs in order 
to make room for the extra tasks she 
assumes as the head of a committee or 

The good leader is careful to make 
sure that all are well-informed about 
their duties and responsibilities so that 
they will not fail and become dis- 
couraged. She checks periodically to 
make sure that committees are func- 
tioning and that there are no un- 
answered questions or snags that stand 
in the way of completing a project. 

The good leader is kind, considerate, 
helpful and understanding. She knows 
that no one person has all the answers. 
She is not critical, nor lacking in con- 
cern for others. She is always ready to 
lend a helping hand. If one of her 
members fails in a responsibility, she is 
prepared to take over quietly without 
pointing an accusing finger at the one 
who failed. 

Above all, the good leader knows 
that if she lacks wisdom, she can "ask 
of God, that giveth to all men liberally, 
and upbraideth not. . . ." She is a 
woman of prayer. She seeks God's 
guidance for her activities and strength. 

Good leaders are hard to find, but 
if you are willing to make the sacrifice, 
you too can become one. ▼ 

-From "Women's World," by Dorothy 
Vander Kaay, The Baptist Builetin. Re- 
printed by permission. 

April 5, 1969 


When Death Takes a Father 

Gladys Kooiman (Grand Rapids, 
Michigan: Baker Book House, 1968), 
171 pages, $3.95. 

Gladys Kooiman tells a poignant 
story of the numberless adjustments 
she faced when her husband died. She 
was left to care for a dairy farm and 
eight young children all alone. It is 
also a story of her personal faith and 
spiritual triumph. 

This is Mrs. Kooiman's first book. 
It is written simply and is easy, enjoy- 
able reading. She deals with such prob- 
lems as: How do you help relieve the 
insecurities in the lives of your chil- 
dren? Can a mother really make father- 
less boys into men? How does a widow 
fight the depression and loneliness that 
threaten to engulf her? Can she live 

This is a book every pastor should 
read and have available for widows he 
must counsel and assist. (The author 
has some comments concerning the 
lack of consideration and concern on 
the part of her church.) 

I would also recommend that every 
wife, not just widows, read this book. 
Her appreciation of her husband and 
children should expand. 

Mrs. Kooiman concludes: "Best of 
all, I have gained a new hope— a hope 
that can grasp the real meaning of the 
Easter message ... the assurance that I 
shall go to him. Until then I'll carry 
on." —Martha Schumacher 

The Party Time Game Book 

Compiled by Naoma Clark (Waco, 
Texas: Word Books, 1968), 230 pages, 

Lacking ideas? Here are over five 
hundred games for everything from the 
kiddies' party to the adult social. An 
index is provided. 

A Topical Dictionary of 
Bible Texts 

James Inglis (Grand Rapids, Michi- 
gan: Baker Book House, reprint 1968), 
iv and 524 pages, $4.95. 

What does the Bible say about . . .?" 
is an oft-repeated question of our day. 
It is assuring to know that God has 
given us a Book of answers to every 
vital question that a man can ask, and 
it is heartening also to have some direc- 
tion to those places in His Book where 
the answers may be found. Inglis's 
topical dictionary was prepared to give 
just that direction. In this volume 
every main Bible verse related to a 
particular subject is printed in full; 
more distant verses are cited by chapter 
and verse. The subjects themselves are 
arranged alphabetically, with a subject 
index included at the end of the book. 

The Bible itself is its best interpret- 
er. This is why context— immediate 
and distant— is such an excellent aid 
for Bible study. Inglis's volume is an 
excellent source for distant context 
study.— Dr. Irving L. Jensen 

er in a Dry Land 

Omar Eby (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: 
Herald Press, 1968), 175 pages, $3.50. 

Merlin Grove was born of Mennonite 
parents in Stouffville, Canada, and died 
in Somali. An enraged Muslim mur- 
dered him because he thought Merlin 
was hindering and destroying the true 
faith of Islam. 

Omar Eby retraces the course of life 
that led Merlin to East Africa. Serious 
illnesses as well as formal schooling 
were determinative in forming his life. 
At the time of his death Merlin was 
on the staff of a mission school for 
Muslim boys. The story is hard reading 
but well worthwhile. -Mrs. ShimerDarr 

«8 . 



Bible Festivals and Holy Days 

Barbara Bates (Nashville, Tennessee: 
Broadman Press, 1968), 118 pages, 

The Christian school child often 
wonders why his Jewish friends have 
certain holidays from school and work 
which others do not have. This book 
will go a long way toward explaining 
these special Jewish "holy days." Each 
chapter covers the Biblical origin or 
setting of a holy day or festival. It 
then spells out the way the festival is 
celebrated in the home or synagogue 

While the sympathetic presentation 
of the Jewish viewpoint is commend- 
able, I regret the inadequate apprecia- 
tion shown for the true Biblical mean- 
ing of the atonement and Christ as the 
Passover Lamb. Since this book was 
written for Christian youth and others 
in the Christian community, a vital 
opportunity to relate the Old Testa- 
ment to the New Testament unfortu- 
nately was missed. 

Some may object to the highly toler- 
ant attitude exhibited toward Judaism. 
There is no intention to be evangelistic. 
This is not the purpose of the book. 
But every Christian concerned about 
the salvation of his Jewish friends must 
understand something of what they be- 
lieve and do. This book will make a 
definite contribution to such an under- 
standing.— Robert E. A. Miller 

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KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Harold Jones 

April 19, 1969 

Volume 31, Number 8 

Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 



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The Editor Speaks . . . 

By Clyde K. Landrum 



In a recent Grace Seminary confer- 
ence on "Communicating the Gospel" 
great stress was placed on the need for 
each individual to work at the business 
of giving God's saving message to all 
people. As simple as the charge is to 
all to go with the message, and as clear 
as the admonition in the Word of God 
is, it was brought out that there are 
still too many who feel no compunc- 
tion to get the job done. And great 
stress was laid on the "how to" in 
accomplishing the task. 

We simply must move out with the 
message. Action is imperative. The 
church today is hesitating for want of 
a plan, when the plan is so simple, and 
of easy access. First of all, we just 
need to go; to move out of our lethargy 
and do something about it. The Scrip- 
ture says of Philip that in response to 
the challenge of the angel of the Lord 
to "Arise, and go," he "arose and 
went." Really, it is that simple. If we 
would just move off dead center and 
go, God would do great tilings for us. 
We need to go to the people of our 
own contacts. The easiest person for 
me to talk to is the person with whom 
I rub shoulders each day. Jesus has 
set the perfect example for this type 
of witnessing. He met the woman at 
the well and He talked to her right 
there. He asked for a luncheon en- 
gagement with the little man who had 
climbed a tree for a better view of our 
Lord. May God give us the vision of 
what can be accomplished if each of 
us will witness to people of our own 
contacts. We must not neglect these 

In our contacts we need to be 
natural and at ease. Be sure that the 
Holy Spirit has made our lives spiri- 
tually attractive. Then just normally 

and quietly use the opportunities to 
witness. It is surprising how easily you 
can bring your prospect around to a 
discussion that will thrill your heart 
and bring spiritual fruit. Just recently 
we were able to have a person for 
whom we had a great burden, in our 
home for a meal. Through friendship, 
and through becoming acquainted with 
and understanding his problems, we 
had a real opportunity to witness. 

Then, we should talk with the per- 
son in the area of his need, and in 
terms that he not only understands, but 
also that he feels are appropriate to 
his situation. A follow up to a death in 
the family would require one approach, 
a business failure another. To students 
on a university campus we must com- 
municate the fact that we know some- 
thing of the philosophies of the day, 
and of the problems which they face 
in their world. 

Our message must always be the 
message of The Book, but it may be 
presented in different ways. To the 
university student it might be through 
a current good book such as The God 
Who Is There. To a seat companion on 
a train, bus, or plane it might be the 
presentation, in a cordial manner, of a 
good gospel tract. To a high school 
student it could be a friendly discus- 
sion coming out of a ball game or a 
difficult algebra problem. Meet them 
as people, treat them as people, and 
talk to them understandably as people 
who need the help which God alone 
can give. 

God expects us to preach Christ to 
people around us. If we are faithful to 
give out His Word, He will win them 
to himself. But the initiative is with 
us. We must move out with the mes- 
sage! ▼ 

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By Lester E. Pifer 


recent census reports reveal some 
startling facts concerning major shifts 
and trends in the population of our 
nation. The population, now passed 
the 200 million mark, has exceeded 
the ten percent predictions. In the 
next 18 years the U.S. will increase 
another 43 million-about a 22 per- 
cent increase over 1967 figures. 

Forecasts show major shifts in pop- 
ulation creating new mission fields for 
serious consideration. Florida, fastest 

growing state of ah, is due to gain 61 
percent in population by 1985. Texas 
is expected to move to the third largest 
populated state, following California 
and New York. Large gains will be 
seen in New Hampshire, Connecticut, 
New Jersey, Delaware, and Virginia in 
the Northeast; Florida in the South- 
east; and California, Nevada, Wyo- 
ming, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New 
Mexico, and Texas in the Southwest. 
The lone extreme Northwest state of 

Alaska is also rated to be in the fastest 
growing group. 

The U.S. News and World Report 
has just released an article on the fast- 
est growing cities. It is exciting to 
note that The Brethren Home Missions 
Council has started new mission 
churches in all but two of the ten 
fastest growing cities. Fort Lauderdale, 
Florida, heads the list with a 51 .9 per- 
cent increase in ten years; Santa Bar- 
bara, California, 51.6 percent; San 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Jose, California, 51.4 percent; Las 
Vegas, Nevada, 46.6 percent; San Ber- 
nardino, Riverside, Ontario, California, 
35.2 percent; Phoenix, Arizona, 34.2 
percent; Sacramento, California, 32.4 
percent; and Orlando, Florida, with a 

31 .2 percent. Other cities listed in the 
top 25 where Brethren churches are 
located are St. Petersburg, Florida; 
Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles— Long 
Beach, California; Tucson, Arizona; 
Atlanta, Georgia; Denver, Colorado; 
and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Major 
shifts of people are moving toward 
smaller and medium-sized urban cen- 
ters in the South and West. Of the top 
25 , all but two are located in the south 
or west of the Iowa district. 

Brethren Home Mission projections 
must concentrate upon these growth 
areas. It is thrilling to be where there 
is action. 

The baby boom which came im- 
mediately following World War II is 
now, 20 years later, showing up as an 
exploding young adult mission field. 
In 1966 there were 14 million in this 
category, by 1970 it will increase to 

17.3 million. The young active home 
builders provide the greatest growth 
potential for our Brethren home-mis- 
sion churches. Our records show that 
this age level has brought our greatest 
numerical increase in membership. 
Such concentration has also provided 
the young adult leadership so largely 
needed in building the home-mission 
church and Sunday school. 

One interesting segment of the pop- 
ulation shift and growth is that of the 
Negro. The Negro population has in- 
creased from 12.8 million in the 1940's 
to 21.5 million in 1966, representing 
1 1 percent of the total population of 
the U.S. In a quarter century Negroes 
increased 8.7 million, a gain of 68 per- 
cent while whites increased only 46 
percent. The shifts in this area have 
shown the Negro moving out of the 
South, causing a decrease in population 
of 69 percent to 47 percent from the 
1940's to 1966. The once rural Negro 
now tends to cluster in the major cities, 
which in turn has shifted the whites 
to urban areas. 

The Negro population growth poses 
a serious challenge to the Brethren 
evangelization program. The shifts in 
population of young Negro home build- 

Greater action demands 
greater responsibility from 
the Brethren Church... 

ers provides a fine potential for new 
leadership in Negro evangelism. Much 
more prayer, concentration upon soul- 
winning, and training of these people 
must be seen in our church. We must 
face the need for qualified Negro lead- 
ership or we cannot reach the Negro 

The Brethren Church has a rapidly 
changing, growing mission field at 
home. Color, race, or creedal back- 
ground should make little difference 
when eternity is closing in upon us. 
The tolls of accidents, disease, murder 
and war bring death like an angry 
monster devouring thousands each 

year. The growing apostasy of the 
church and of purity of life in a society 
of self-respecting people reveals marked 
evidences of moral degradation. A 
morally sick society can rot with cor- 
ruption. The growing perils of racism, 
riot and strife, abetted by communism, 
are major threats to our liberties. 
Brethren, the Lord has set before us a 
needy mission field! May God help us 
to become alarmed, awakened to the 
gigantic task of reaching the lost be- 
fore Jesus returns. "For a great door 
and effectual is opened unto me, and 
there are many adversaries" (I Cor. 
16:9). ▼ 

Aprii 19, 1969 

Are Home Mission 
Workshops Worthwhile? 

How do you think the people pic- 
tured on this page answered this 


I hat the man of God may be 
perfect, throughly furnished unto all 
good works" (II Tim. 3:17). Follow- 
ing the admonition of the Apostle Paul 
to Timothy The Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council endeavors to provide 
workshops each year which will aid 
home-mission pastors and wives and 
guest pastors in their local ministries. 

The La Loma Grace Brethren 
Church, Modesto, California, and the 
First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio, 
were hosts to the western (lower left 
picture) and eastern (upper right pho- 
to) workshops, respectively. The pas- 
tors of these churches appointed com- 
mittees which worked smoothly and 
efficiently to supply the needs of each 

The Bible inspirational speakers 
were Dr. William Bellshaw, Dean of 
San Francisco Conservative Baptist 
Theological Seminary, San Francisco, 
California, and Dr. George Slavin, pas- 
tor of the Faith Community Church, 
Roslyn, Pennsylvania. God used these 
speakers as they handled the Word to 
challenge each one attending the work- 

These three days of concentrated 
endeavor are planned from a technical, 
practical and spiritual viewpoint. 
Coupled along with this is the personal 
fellowship of the pastors and guests as 
they share in the moments of both 
praise and prayer-burdens. The spiri- 
tual fellowship is highlighted by the 
personal testimonies of the pastors 
concerning their new congregations. 

These Home Mission workshops are 
under the direction and supervision of 

Rev. Lester E. Pifer and Rev. Robert 
Thompson. Eleven additional speakers 
were used to present a varied curricu- 
lum for those attending in order that 
much of the total area of pastoral 
work might be covered. 

The following testimonies are given 
as evaluations of the workshop: 

"I certainly feel that the work- 
shops are worthwhile. We have seen a 
spirit manifested around here the last 
three days which I like very much. 
Each person was given a wealth of in- 
formation and a wealth of instruction 
in respect to his work. I think the 
leadership this year was very fine and 
the spirit good. Our folks enjoyed 
their part in the conference and al- 
though a lot of work it was worthwhile 
and we counted it a contribution to 
the work of the Home Missions Coun- 
cil. I know it costs money, but any- 
thing you do that will produce good 
results costs money and I think it is 
money well-spent and I would cer- 
tainly recommend that you continue 

"I have come from an established 
type of ministry to a home-mission 
ministry and realize that the require- 
ments and needs of a pastor are some- 
what different. I have appreciated the 
very practical presentations that we 
have had here at the workshop, the 
variety of subjects that are dealt with 
in a very practical way, and even the 
fellowship alone has been encouraging 
to me. We have a team -spirit and are 
working together-not as little indepen- 
dent workers out by ourselves. I am 
sure there is very much expense in- 

volved in a program like this, but I 
definitely feel that the workshop is of 
such a practical nature that it is worth 
the expense involved." 

"I feel that the workshop is exactly 
what I needed. When we get to preach- 
ing all the time and don't sit down and 
really soak something in, we find that 
we are missing something. I have en- 
joyed listening to the men share in 
some of the problems in the ministry, 
share in encouragements and just real 
good food-for-thought from the Word 
of God have all been real blessings to 
me. I certainly am looking forward 
to future workshops. I think it would 
be a tragedy if we couldn't continue. 
They are a highlight of the year and a 
real challenge to me." 

"The workshops came to grips with 
some of the issues of the day that are 
being faced in the various home-mis- 
sion fields and in the pastoral ministry. 
There was sufficient variety about it 
that it never lost its appeal to those 
who attended. Certainly that was true 
for me and I hope that those of you 
who have an opportunity to partici- 
pate in one of these workshops will 
not overlook what it may mean to 
your life and to your ministry." 

"I have been here just three days 
and in reading over the program and 
listening to the papers that were read 
and the discussions that were held, one 
cannot help but think how blessed to 
be a missionary under this particular 
denomination. I am fully sold on pro- 
grams like this. I would think if the 
Army, the Navy and the Air Corps are 
smart enough to bring their men in for 
briefings, the church of Jesus Christ 
ought to do the same thing. 

"It was my privilege and joy to 
share in the workshops and to have a 
part in the challenges of Home Mis- 
sions. The fellowship and unity of 
sharing in the Word with our home 
missionaries was a thrilling experience. 
The Brethren Investment Foundation 
and Brethren Home Missions will bene- 
fit greatly because of this important 
period of preparation and study." ▼ 

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I hen Agrippa said unto Paul, 
Almost thou persuadest me to be a 
Christian" (Acts 26:28). 

Regardless of the heart-attitude of 
Agrippa when he made this statement, 
I can know in a measure the heart- 
feeling in Paul that it must have pro- 

? ? ? 

I met Sadie about two years ago in 
my door-to-door calling. From the be- 
ginning she evidenced an interest and 
invited me into her home to discuss 
the Bible. After a few call-backs she 
attended our luncheon-discussion meet- 
ing and then our Wednesday Bible 

One day in her home after present- 
ing the claims of Christ again, I asked 
her what she thought of these truths. 
Her response was that she believed, but 
when pressed for a decision, she said 
she was not ready for that. 

Shortly after that we learned that 
she had already had one operation for 
cancer. Since then she has had two 
operations and cobalt treatment. The 
various times that she has been in the 
hospital have afforded wonderful op- 
portunities for the Bruce Buttons and 
the John Neelys, as well as myself, to 
witness to her both by word and liter- 
ature. One time she took her high 
holy day prayer book and applied 
several statements in it to the Lord 
Jesus. Another time, as Rev. John 
Neely presented the gist of his message 
of the previous night to her, he was 
able to show her how she could accept 

the Lord Christ even when alone. 

One time as I took her to the hos- 
pital, I also provided transportation for 
her sister, and Sadie asked that I not 
try to witness to her sister or talk 
about Jesus when she was present, as 
her sister was religious. She explained 
who and what I was to her sister. I 
promised that I would not initiate a 
conversation regarding Christ. Her 
sister was present one time when a 
Hebrew-Christian and I visited. As I 
went for the car, the sister tried to 
show the Hebrew-Christian that Juda- 
ism could be sufficient for her. 

At the present Sadie is at the home 
of her sister. Whenever I phone, her 
sister says that she is too weak to speak 
on the phone, let alone to have visitors. 
As far as human ability, it appears that 
it is only a matter of time for her. 
However, the Holy Spirit is not re- 
stricted and the seed of the Word has 
been planted and watered. Before it is 
eternally too late, it is not impossible 
for Sadie to be almost and fully per- 
suaded to trust in the shed blood of 
Jesus, her Messiah and God. 
? ? ? ? 

Jean is one of the sighted who at- 
tends our Monday Bible classes for the 
blind. We met Jean when she roomed 
with a blind lady who attended our 
classes. At our meetings, Jean met 
Dave, a blind man, and several years 
ago they were married. Before she 
married, Jean quite regularly attended 
the evening services with me at the 
Brethren church. 

The Decision Makers 

By Isobel Fraser 

For Sadie, Dave, Jean, Sam and 
Sally, would it be "almost, and . 
or "almost, but . 

April 19, 1969 

Through the years we have seen a 
growth in her understanding of the 
Scriptures and Christ. At first she 
would acknowledge Jesus as Messiah, 
but not God. In the past year she has 
acknowledged Him as God, but when 
asked to accept Him as her Saviour, 
she said she could not because of the 
reaction of her family. I pointed out 
to her that one day she will have to 
give an account to God for herself and 
her family will be of no help. 

What is Dave's attitude? He was 
present and made no objection the 
time I so dealt with Jean. At the 
meetings, from time to time, he will 
make a comment or observation, but 
it is usually based on Jewish tradition 
which has thickened the veil over his 
spiritual eyes as he hears the Word of 
God. I was encouraged the other week 
when both of them told me they 
would like to attend a Sunday evening 
service at our Brethren church. 

? ? ? ? ? 
Sam, one of the blind, never said 
much at our meetings and one won- 
dered how much he really understood. 
His appearance was that of interest. 
Sam had lost his sight in recent years 

and was invited to our gatherings by 
one of the blind men he met at the 
Braille Institute. 

Until a little over a year ago, Sam 
and his wife lived a few blocks from 
me. He was my first and last "cus- 
tomer." Occasionally on the way 
home, after the others were gone, we 
would discuss the Word. One evening 
I asked him what he thought of the 
teachings he received from us. His an- 
swer was that he believed what we said. 
When asked to apply them to his own 
life and accept Christ, he said he could 
not. The possible reaction of his wife, 
Sally, was what concerned him. 

Sally is sighted but attends our 
monthly luncheon meeting for the 
blind quite regularly. Since they 
moved closer to Buttons, she has also 
become a regular attendant at our eve- 
ning Bible class. All the members of 
the staff are warmly welcomed in their 
home and have had opportunity to 
witness to both of them. Sally listens 
attentively then and also at the meet- 
ings, but has never given a commit- 
ment regarding her thoughts on the 
teachings of the Word she has heard. 

At this writing Sam is in the hos- 
pital because of heart trouble. May 

this be a "persuader" to seek the Great 
Physician for spiritual heart trouble. 


Frances has been attending our 
ladies' luncheon meetings and our 
Wednesday Bible class for almost two 
years. She came through the invita- 
tion of a neighbor who attends. Now 
Frances has been influential in bringing 
another neighbor. We are glad for this 
chain-reaction, and would be glad to 
see more do the same. 

One evening Frances told Mrs. But- 
ton that she believed the teachings 
from the Word she heard at our meet- 
ings. Further discussion with her 
brought out that she accepted-up to 
the point that Jesus is God. This she 
could not believe. In the car one eve- 
ning she made a statement regarding 
her acceptance of some of the truths 
heard that evening. Later she received 
reprimands from the neighbor who 
had been responsible for her attending 
our meetings. 


ALMOST! What will be the future 
record of each of these precious souls? 
Almost and persuaded or almost-but 
lost! y 


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devotions at 6: 15 in the morning? 
"Yes, that's right," is the reply from 
Superintendent Larry Wedertz. These 
were the words which greeted us when 
we arrived at the Navajo Mission. This 
means that the alarm clock in the 
guest house must be set for no later 
than 5:30 a.m. 

The next morning the entire staff 
at the Mission met at 6:15 a.m. to 
listen to Rev. Lester E. Pifer speak 
from the Word of God and for a staff 
prayer meeting. Someone has said: 
"Start the day right, and it will end 
right." Maybe this is why the exciting 
events of a day at the Mission show the 
evidence of the hand of God moving in 
their midst. 

To the newcomer at the Mission the 
telephone on the grounds is very in- 
teresting. The various buildings of the 
Mission complex provide many places 
for the superintendent to be located 
in his many responsibilities. If one of 
the staff members wishes to locate him 
to ask a question, all he needs to do is 
to find the nearest telephone and give 
four regular rings with the little crank 
and lift the receiver and wait for the 
calm and quiet response, "Hello." 

Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. for the stu- 
dents in the dorms begins a full sched- 
ule of events for the Navajo children. 
With the sun shining brightly on a 
chilly February morning the students 
surround the flag pole to recite the 
pledge of allegiance to the flag of the 
United States of America. Even though 
we have heard these words many times 


before, there is something about the 
words coming from Navajo lips that 
captures your emotions. These Navajo 
children as American citizens, were 
speaking our English language with 

A Visitor's Reflections 

By Sherwood Durkee 

their lips, but perhaps thinking in their 
hearts in a language known only to 

The first assembly for the students 
is the morning chapel-time when gospel 
hymns and choruses are taught. As 
they sing together in daily services, 
these children who have emerged from 
the background of pagan rituals, begin 
to learn the truths found in the Word 
of God. The staff members told us of 
the transformations which have taken 
place in the lives of these young stu- 
dents. Reserved gloom and despair 
soon give way to responsive joy and 
laughter as they receive instruction in 
the Word of God. 

Soon the ring of the school bell is 
heard and the school classes are ready 
to begin with teachers and students 
eagerly awaiting the usual and the un- 
usual. As a guest the privilege was ex- 
tended to visit at random the various 
classes which were in session. To the 

April 19, 1969 

observer the most striking impression 
which you receive is the order and dis- 
cipline which prevail in all classes. This 
carries over into the dorms and the 
dining areas as well. The capable staff 
members have measured carefully their 
calling to this demanding work and 
their undivided devotion shows in their 
labors of love. 

As the sun rises high in the sky no 
one needs to urge the children, staff 
members and the guests to head for 
the dining hall. Again the guest observ- 
er takes count to find that over ninety 
places are filled at the noon meal. Over 
ninety compliments are made to the 
cook and her endeavors by the over 

ninety empty used plates which return 
to the dish washer's counter following 
the meal. 

During the day an invitation was re- 
ceived to come to the annual Valentine 
Day party that evening at 7 p.m. in the 






New Mexico. 

students' dorm. The guests of this 
party became the recipients of many 
hand-made valentine cards. Among 
the usual greetings of Valentine Day 
cards were such as: "God bless you as 
you work for God, we will pray for 



Longview, Texas 
March 10, 1969 

Dear Rev. Pifer: 

We received the February Brethren 
Missionary Herald with your article, 
"The U.S.-Unfinished Task" and the 
map of the United States. You can 
now color in the state of Texas! En- 
closed is a picture of our first group 
meeting on December 1, 1968, in the 
Community Center of Longview with 
16 present. Dr. Paul Bauman was out 
of town on that day. 

Since December 1 , we have added a 
Sunday school with Danny Ebby as 
superintendent. We have seen many, 
many, answers to prayer and we are 
certain the Lord is leading in the 


Mrs. Ray Sturgill 



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Navajo Touring Choir 

you each day." This was a special 
occasion for the Navajo pastor, Lee 
Trujillo. To celebrate his birthday a 
beautiful cake was presented. 

It was the privilege of this guest ob- 
server to accompany the Home Mis- 
sions Executive Secretary, Rev. Lester 
E. Pifer, and the Western Field Secre- 
tary, Rev. Robert W. Thompson, as 
they made one of the frequent visits to 
the Mission. These men along with 
the dedicated staff members deserve 
our faithful prayer support and our 
generous gifts as the claims of Christ 
are presented daily to people of Nava- 

The visit to the Mission was greatly 

enhanced by staying in the newly deco- 
rated guest house. Some of the staff 
members worked feverishly to com- 
plete the painting and secure the new 
furniture. The WMC ladies of the 
Southern California-Arizona District 
gave to this project and the guest house 
is furnished with this new furniture 
as a result. 

Friday morning came too soon. The 
luggage needed to be loaded in the car 
and the visit had to come to an end. 
Part of the heart of this visitor stayed 
at the Mission and with the young lad 
who stood on the steps of the boys' 
dorm and asked, "Will you come back 
soon?" T 

Pastor Lee Trujillo 

April 19, 1969 


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ROANOKE. VA. The Cleaibrook 
Brethren Church young people have 
"adopted" a Navajo Indian girl at the 
Brethren Navajo Mission. Her name 
is Clara Wero, a ten-year-old in the 
third grade. The young people are also 
sponsoring and competing in a camp 
point system to help pay their way to 
Camp Tuk-a-way. Points are earned 
for each church service attended, and 
a total of 160 points will cover the 
complete cost. The youth are raising 
the money themselves with various 
activities in the church. It is the goal 
of the program to send 20 youth to 
camp. Russell Weber, pastor. 

YORK, PA. Rev. Dean Fetterhoff 
reports that there were 31 decisions 
in evangelistic meetings which he con- 
cluded on Mar. 23 at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church. Decisions were recorded 
in every service. Kenneth Wilt, pastor. 

DENVER, COLO. An attendance 
of 246 was reached on Mar. 9 in a Sun- 
day-school contest with the Anaheim, 
Calif., Grace Brethren Church. Two 
young people found Christ as Saviour 
during the Midwest District Snow Camp 
Feb. 21-23. There were 24 students 
and staff from the Navajo Mission 
station at Cuba, N. Mex., at Snow 
Camp. Thomas Inman, pastor. 

fit- til .» 

PORTLAND, OREG. Present for a Feb. 23 Brethren Missionary Herald din- 
ner meeting and Communications Seminar for Portland, Beaverton, and Albany, 
Oregon pastors and wives and Sunday-school superintendents and wives were 
(1 to r): Mr. and Mrs. Don Rotzien, Portland; Mr. and Mrs. David Newkirk, Bea- 
verton; Rev. Clyde K. Landrum, BMH: Rev. and Mrs. William Schaffer, Portland; 
Rev. and Mrs. Luke Kauffman, Beaverton; Mr. Bruce Brickel, BMH: Rev. and 
Mrs. Adam Rager, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Piper, Albany. Photo by BMH 
board member, William Schaffer (and he still got in the picture!) 

John W. Schumacher has started morn- 
ing devotions in his Battalion on Mon- 
day, Wednesday, and Friday. It in- 
cludes five minutes of Bible reading 
and prayer attended by an average of 
30 men including Chaplain Schumach- 
er's commander. The post chapel has 
started a Sunday night evangelistic ser- 
vice with Chaplain and Mrs. Schu- 
macher in charge of music. A senior 
chaplain, Presbyterian, preaches the 
Gospel, and an attendance high of 98 
has been reached. 

Chaplains Emlyn Jones Qeft) and Paul 
Lindberg were privileged to get to- 
gether for fellowship while attending 
a conference here in February. It was 
their first meeting in Germany. Both 
men are praising the Lord for His bless- 
ing on their ministry. 

S. Rogers has resigned as pastor of the 
Leamersville Grace Brethren Church 
after nine years of service. He has 
accepted a call to become pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Albuquer- 
que, N.M. He will assume his new 
pastoral duties May 4. 

opening of the West Coast branch of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. 
has been tentatively scheduled for 
June 6 and 7. Eleven western states 
will be served from the facility, lo- 
cated at 3535 W. Commonwealth Ave. 
in Fullerton. A bookstore, named the 
Herald Bookstore, will be opened, and 
shipments to customers in the western 
states will be made from the Fullerton 
location. Operations will be centered 
in a large building which houses the 
Scripture Press West Coast head- 
quarters. Rev. Dale Brock, manager 
of the BMH West Coast facility, ex- 
tends a cordial invitation to area Breth- 
ren to attend the grand opening and 
also a dedication service planned for 
the afternoon of June 7. 


Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 





Albany, Oreg. 

May 4-9 

Adam Rager 

Leonard Eilers 

Kettering, Ohio 

May 4-11 

Henry Barnhart 

Allen Herr 

Kittanning, Pa. 


May 7-14 

W. Wayne Baker 

John Aeby 

Bothell, Wash. 

May 7-18 

Don Bishop 

Roland Myer 

Covington, Va. 

May 11-18 

W. Carl Miller 

Dean Fetterhoff 

Ashland, Ohio 

(W. 10 St.) 

May 11-18 

Knute Larson 

Allen Herr 

Stoystown, Pa. 

May 18-25 

Arthur Collins 

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David Thompson has announced his 
resignation as pastor of the Pleasant 
Grove Grace Brethren Church. He has 
accepted the call to the Aleppo Breth- 
ren Church in Aleppo, Pa., and began 
his ministry there on April 6. Please 
change his address in your Annual to 
Aleppo, Pa. 15310. 

TUCSON, ARIZ. Rev. Jack Galey 
is the new pastor of the Silverbell Com- 
munity Grace Brethren Church. He 
assumed his duties on April 1 . 

WATERLOO, IOWA. Mr. and Mrs. 
Elmer Tamkin spent the months of 
March and April here at Friendship 
Village. Mr. Tamkin is financial secre- 
tary emeritus of the Brethren Invest- 
ment Foundation, and will celebrate 
his 75th birthday on April 30. Friends 
may wish to send him a birthday 
greeting, which may be sent to him 
at 600 Park Lane, Waterloo, Iowa 

WOOSTER, OHIO. Mr. Thomas 

Miller has accepted the call of the First 
Brethren Church to serve as associate 
pastor. Both Mr. and Mrs. Miller at- 
tended Grace College, and Tom will 
graduate from Grace Seminary in May. 
Kenneth Ashman, pastor. 

CHANGE. The clerk of the Hollins, 
Va., Patterson Memorial Brethren 
Church should be changed to Miss 
Patty Sowers, 133 Plymouth Drive, N. 
W., Roanoke, Va. 24019. Rev. and 
Mrs. John M. McKay, 646 South Sum- 
mit, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402. 

The attractive new sign of the Good News Grace Brethren Church, Bowling Green, Ohio. 

BOWLING GREEN, OHIO. After a recent midweek service at the Good 
News Grace Brethren Church, a Bowling Green University student was taking 
pictures of the new church sign. He consented to send the church a copy of the 
photo. The black in the background pictures the darkness of sin in the world. 
The light of the Gospel shines out into the darkness from the Good News church. 

VANDALIA, OHIO. Evangelistic 
meetings with Allen Herr had an aver- 
age attendance of 98. There were 11 
first-time decisions recorded, with 24 
rededications and four decisions for 
membership. Everett N. Caes, pastor. 

two adults and nine teen-agers were 
baptized in the Grace Brethren Church 
at Richland. The actual baptismal ser- 
vice was held in the First Southern 
Baptist Church. Nelson E. Hall, pastor. 


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MARTINSBURG, W.VA. Pictured above is a scene at the groundbreaking 
service of the Rosemont Brethren Church on Mar. 2. There were 91 present with 
total offerings of the day reaching SI, 099.26, with S598.08 received for the 
building fund. The contractor's bid for the new building is S163,795. Pic- 
tured from 1 to r: James Biedler, John Davis, Robert Triggs, Sr., Robert Triggs, 
Jr., Ward Kees, F.F. Gregory, and Rev. Robert L. Dell in front. 

YAKIMA. WASH. Rev. George 
Christie has accepted the pastorate of 
the Yakima Grace Brethren Church. 
He will begin his duties on June 18. 


A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Deanna Yeater and Michael Spesert, 
Dec. 7. Grace Brethren Church. Chico. 

Jerri Germinder and Michael Payne, 
Jan. 25, New Troy Brethren Church, 
New Troy, Mich. 

Mildred Corwin and Fred Mensinger, 
Feb. 2, New Troy Brethren Church, 
New Troy, Mich. 

Helen Harbaugh and Robert Wilson, 
Feb. 14, First Brethren Church, Johns- 
town, Pa. 

Gail Belle Sidler and Galen Ray 
Sowers, Feb. 15, First Brethren 
Church, Dayton. Ohio. 

Joanne Rae Guittar and Donald G. 
Spitz, Feb. 28, Grace Brethren Church, 
Canton, Ohio. 

Pamela Ann Brown and Kenneth 
Rogers, Mar. 1 , First Brethren Church, 
Grafton. Va. 

Sharon Rogers and Jim Nowka, 
Mar. 22, Grace Brethren Church, Glen- 
dale, Calif. 

April 19, 1969 



"It is as easy as one, two, three; or ABC 

I he Good Book." This is one of 
the most common titles for the Bible. 
We pay respect to the Bible in the 
same way as we do "the home" and 
"the flag." The Bible has had an im- 
portant place in our history and the 
American way of life. 

But what does the Bible say? The 
answer to this question is vague and 
uncertain in the minds of many. 

You may have heard people say: 
"I have read the Bible many times, but 
I just can't understand it." "Everyone 
gets something different out of the 
Bible." "After all there are so many 
versions, which one is right?" Have 
you ever made similar statements? 

There is a central and simple mes- 
sage in the Bible. When we know that 
message and believe it, the Bible be- 
comes a priceless privilege rather than 
a closed book. It then becomes a 
powerful source of life. This message 
is the theme of every book. It is 
written on every page. It is the golden 

thread woven throughout, from the 
first book to the last-Genesis to 
Revelation. We want to see the Bible's 
message now. There are three vital 
parts to it. It tells us: WHO GOD IS, 


"For thus saith the Lord that cre- 
ated the heavens; God himself that 
formed the earth and made it; he hath 
established it, he created it not in 
vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I 
am the Lord; and there is none else" 
(Isa. 45:18). 

"To the only wise God our Saviour, 
be glory and majesty, dominion and 
power, both now and ever. Amen" 
(Jude 25). 

"But we are all as an unclean thing, 
and all our righteousnesses are as 
filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf, 
and our iniquities, like the wind have 
taken us away" (Isa. 64:6). 


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By Robert L Fir I 

Rev. Robert L. Fill is pastor of the Hackberry 
Hill Grace Brethren Church, Arvada, Colorado. 

"As it is written, There is none 
righteous, no, not one: There is none 
that understandeth, there is none that 
seeketh after God. They are all gone 
out of the way, they are together be- 
come unprofitable; there is none that 
doeth good, no, not one" (Rom. 


"Let the wicked forsake his way, 
and the unrighteous man his thoughts: 
and let him return unto the Lord, and 
he will have mercy upon him; and to 
our God, for he will abundantly par- 
don" (Isa. 55:7). 

"For God so loved the world, that 
he gave- his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not 
perish, but have everlasting life" (John 

Dear Reader, this is what the Bible 
says. It is as easy as one, two, three; 
or ABC. It is a simple story of God, 
Man, and Love. When you act upon 

the message; believe it, and receive 
Jesus Christ as your Saviour, then, and 
only then, will you have real life, now 
and forever. God's promises have 
never been disproven. "But as many 
as received him [ JesusChrist] , to them 
gave he power to become the sons of 
God, even to them that believe on his 
name" (John 1:12). "Therefore, if 
any man be in Christ, he is a new 
creature: old things are passed away; 
behold, all things are become new" 
(II Cor. 5:17). "For whosoever shall 
call upon the name of the Lord shall 
be saved" (Rom. 10:13). 

Now is your opportunity to prove 
these promises in your life. The deci- 
sion is yours. Decide now in favor of 
God's message to you. 


I believe what the Bible says, and 
for this reason I wish to go on record 
now as receiving Jesus Christ as my 
Saviour. ▼ 

April 19, 1969 




Commitment: What's It All About? 

I here is a great deal of difference 
between the words concern and com- 
mitment. While both are common 
words in frequent use in today's En- 
glish language, yet commitment is far 
more implicative than concern. Con- 
cern indicates an interest in a matter, 
while commitment implies the delivery 
of a person or thing into the charge of 

The meaning of commitment was 
well-known to those who have gone 


By Roscoe Williams 

before. Throughout the pages of his- 
tory numerous individuals have demon- 
strated their commitment to various 
people, causes and philosophies. A. T. 
Pierson in his book God and Missions, 
wrote about the famous Arabian 
preacher Carmath, who years before 
had assumed the imposing titles of 
Guide, Director, Demonstrator, Camel, 
Representative of Mohammed, John 
the Baptist, Gabriel, Herald of Messiah, 
the Word, the Holy Ghost. After his 

death his name was even more revered 
by his fanatical followers. His twelve 
apostles spread themselves among the 
Bedouins; and so successful was their 
preaching that all Arabia was threat- 
ened with a new revolution. 

Their goal was conquest and the 
secret of their power was a vow of 
blind and absolute submission to their 
Inman; a secret and inviolate oath was 
their bond of brotherhood. They left 
tracks of blood as they moved along 

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the Persian Gulf. They even crossed 
the Tigris and with a field force of 
over one hundred thousand fanatics 
moved forward like that of an ava- 
lanche. When they arrived at the gates 
of the capital, a lieutenant, in behalf 
of the defending Caliph, told the fierce 
commander of the Carmathians that he 
and his force were in danger of annihi- 

The savage commander replied to 
the lieutenant: "Your master has thirty 
thousand soldiers but, in all his host, 
not three such as these." Then, turn- 
ing to three of his followers, he told 
one to plunge a dagger into his breast, 
the second to leap into the Tigris, and 
the third to fling himself from a preci- 
pice. Without a moment's hesitation 
or a murmur of discontent, each one 
obeyed. "Go," said the fierce com- 
mander to the lieutenant, "and tell 
what you have seen; and before the 
night falls, your general shall be chained 
among my dogs." It was so; before 
the sunset, the camp was surprised and 
the threat carried out. This group of 
men knew what it meant to be com- 
mitted to a cause. 

A second illustration of commit- 
ment comes from the days of Napo- 
leon. When forced to retreat from 
Moscow, Napoleon called Marshal Ney 
to him. "It will be your job to pick 
some men and serve as a rear guard for 
our protection. At all costs, you must 
protect the rest of the troops." 

Marshal Ney left the presence of 
the emperor, and called men to him. 
He explained what was required and 
asked for volunteers. A group of sol- 
diers stepped forward. 

The retreat began, and at the rear 
was Marshal Ney and his volunteers. 
The men loved their leader. In the 
cold winter nights, the men laid their 
overcoats on Ney as he slept; they felt 
that their leader must be safe. One 
night, two sentries froze to death be- 
cause they refused to leave their post. 
Men would jump into the icy river 
waters to hold up the supports of the 
temporary bridges so that the army 
could get across. Their acts of heroism 
cost them their lives. 

One day in Paris, four young offi- 
cers were in a room, when the door 
opened and an old man entered. He 

was covered with dust, his clothes were 
torn. One of the officers recognized 
him and said, "It's Marshal Ney." The 
other three arose, saluted the old sol- 
dier, and asked, "Where is the rear 

Marshal Ney answered, "I am the 
rear guard." It was almost literally 
true. The men had died following their 
leader. They were committed to him 
and to the cause which he represented. 
Commitment to a particular cause 
was demonstrated several years ago by 
an officer of the Royal New Zealand 
Navy. Lt. Peter Mulgrew of the Navy 
lost both legs and several fingers as he 
and friends attempted to climb Mt. 
Makulu, a 27,824 foot mountain peak 
in Nepal. The effort was made without 
oxygen and without other of the nor- 
mal comforts usually used in mountain 
climbing. Mulgrew thought the ven- 
ture worth the risk and seemed more 
than willing to pay the price involved 
in conquering the mountain. His sole 
reward will probably be recognition 
from some society and a decent pen- 
sion from the government. 

Although the word commitment is 
used frequently in the news, and since 
there are many examples of individuals 
who have demonstrated their commit- 
ment to a person or a cause, can and 
should this word have some meaning 
to the Christian? Does he have a re- 
sponsibility to be committed, and if so, 
to what or to whom is he to be com- 

The Christian, according to the 
Bible, is a person who acknowledges 
his sin against God and his need, he 
then, by faith, invites Jesus Christ, who 
has died for man's sin, to enter and 
take over his life. When an individual 
is sincere in making this decision, the 
Bible teaches that this person becomes 
a child in God's family. 

As a member of God's family, the 
Christian has the responsibility to com- 
mit his total life to God to be used by 
God and for God. The Apostle Paul 
said, "So then, my brothers, because 
of God's many mercies to us, I make 
this appeal to you: Offer yourselves 
as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated 

Mr. Williams is Minister of Christian Edu- 
cation at the North Long Beach Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, California. 

to his service and pleasing to him. This 
is the true worship that you should 
offer. Do not conform outwardly to 
the standards of this world, but let 
God transform you inwardly by a com- 
plete change of your mind. Then you 
will be able to know the will of God- 
what is good, and is pleasing to him, 
and is perfect" (Rom. 12:1,2 Good 
News For Modern Man). On another 
occasion and on the subject of living 
for God, Paul said, "... I have been 
put to death with Christ on his cross, 
so that it is no longer I who live, but 
it is Christ who lives in me. This life 
that I live now, I live by faith in the 
Son of God, who loved me and gave 
his life for me" (Gal. 2:19,20 Good 
News For Modern Man). 

Senator Mark 0. Hatfield of Oregon 
once wrote an article on the subject 
of being committed to Jesus Christ. 
The Senator recounted that numerous 
honors had come to him as an aspiring 
young politician. He tells that along 
with these "outward advancements 
came a disturbing inner awareness of 
my inadequacy in the area of the spiri- 
tual life." He goes on to state, "It was 
during this time that I first began to 
face that part of my life where there 
was no commitment: religion." The 
problem was due to the fact that his 
brand of Christianity, according to the 
Senator, had become simply a religion 
of habit, not of commitment. Upon 
coming to this conclusion, Senator 
Hatfield recalled the decision that he 
made. He stated, "That night in the 
quiet of my room, the choice was sud- 
denly very clear. I could not continue 
to drift along as I had been doing; go- 
ing to church because I had always 
gone, because everyone else went, be- 
cause there wasn't any particular rea- 
son not to go. Either Christ was God, 
and Saviour, and Lord, or He wasn't; 
and if He was, then He had to have all 
my time, all my devotion, and all my 
life. I made the choice that night: I 
COMMITTED myself to Christ." 

That commitment gave to the Sen- 
ator a new meaning for prayer. Shar- 
ing the Gospel with others took greater 
importance in his life. He even began 
teaching a Sunday-school class at his 
church that same week. 

Where does your commitment lie?V 

April 19, 1969 


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PRAISE the Lord for our radio 
broadcasts which are going forth on 
several fields, and pray that favorable 
conditions may continue for airing the 
Gospel in these lands. 

PRA Y for safety in travel for sever- 
al missionary families coming to the 
U.S. on furlough this month, and for 
others coming in the next couple of 

PRAY for God's direction in the 
Sunday morning worship services at 
Macon, France. The beginning of these 
meetings has been a real step of faith. 

PRAY that God will supply the 
needs of our retired missionaries— espe- 
cially in the realm of physical health, 
and that He will continue to make 
them a blessing to others. 

PRA Y for the important work 
among the youth, and for missionaries 
and national personnel who are parti- 
cularly involved in these activities. 


PRAISE the Lord for the many per- 
sons who have been led to know Jesus 
Christ in a personal way in crusade 
meetings this spring. 

PRAISE the Lord for His constant 
protection over our men as they travel 
a great number of miles. 

PRA Y for the ministry of Evangelist 
Allen Herr as he conducts meetings in 
Ashland, Ohio, May 11-18; and in San 
Diego, Calif., May 25-June 1 . 

PRA Y for the Director of Evange- 
lism, Bill Smith, as he carries the re- 
sponsibility of the work. 


PRAISE the Lord for increased in- 
terest among our laymen across the 
nation. Recently a men's fellowship 
was organized at St. Petersburg, Flori- 
da, and Lake Odessa, Michigan. Praise 
the Lord for the increased interest 
among our laymen in working with our 
boys in our churches. 

PRAY for Millard S. Speece who 
has recently retired as national secre- 
tary due to his health. 


PRAISE God for the inspirational 
and meaningful dedication service on 
May 2 for the new library. 

PRAY for the students in both 
schools who will begin taking their 
final examinations May 21 . 

PRA Y for those who are expecting 
to graduate on May 28 that they may 
be able to complete all their work 

PRA Y for all the programs of com- 
mencement week that they may be 
the climax to a great year in the 
schools and bring honor to our Lord. 

PRA Y for the graduates of both the 
college and the seminary that they will 
be definitely guided in all their plans 
and service. 


PRAISE God for the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Elizabethtown, Pennsyl- 
vania, as it will be going self-supporting 
April 1,1969. 

PRAISE God for His answering 
prayer on behalf of the need for help 
in the Architectural Department. 

PRAY for an early completion of 
building programs at Jackson, Michi- 
gan; Richmond, Virginia; and Minerva, 

PRAY for teachers to implement 
the Navajo Mission's school staff. 

PRAY for the preparation being 
made to enter Alaska in July with Rev. 
Herman Hein as missionary. 


PRAY for the Brethren Student 
Life Volunteer programs, and for more 
young people to commit their lives to 
the Lord for full-time service. 

PRAISE the Lord for the faithful- 
ness of the ladies in giving to the mis- 
sionary endeavors of the WMC. Pray 
that the offering for the General and 
Publications fund shall also be suffi- 
cient to meet our growing needs. 

PRAY for the Lord's direction in 
the lives of all those participating in 
the national WMC conference in Au- 


PRAISE the Lord for an increase of 
700 Herald subscriptions within the 
past year. 

PRAY for the Lord's blessing on 
the Apr. 5 and 19 issues and May 2 
issue of the Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald. These issues featured special four- 
color covers. 

PRAY for guidance from the Lord 
in getting underway with the new 
printing plant, and the Fullerton, Cali- 
fornia BMH bookstore. 


PRAY that Sunday-school pupils 
brought in during recent campaigns 
may continue faithful during these 
spring and summer days. 

PRAY that Sunday-school teachers 
will follow every pupil to see them 
come to maturity in Christ. 

PRAY that Vacation Bible Schools 
in every church may bring many con- 
verts and that they may result in op- 
portunities to reach families for Christ. 

PRAY that summer youth camps 
may reach more youth than ever be- 

PRAY that the financial needs of 
the Christian Education Department 
may be fully met. 

PRAY that final plans for the C.E. 
Conference, and the National Youth 
Conference may result in great days 
for those who attend. 


PRAISE the Lord for a steady in- 
crease in interest and attendance at the 
chapel services at Fort Lee, Virginia, 
under the leadership of Chaplain John 

PRAY for Navy Chaplain James 
Dickson as he finishes his training at 
the Newport, Rhode Island Chaplains' 
School, and enters upon his active 
duty ministry. 


PRAISE the Lord for faithful local 
SMM officers during the current year, 
and pray for guidance in electing new 
officers in June. 

PRA Y that the SMM Birthday offer- 
ing which is to be sent by June 10, 
may be sufficient to meet the $1350 

PRA Y that the district SMM rallies 
to be held this spring will accomplish 
much in developing leadership and in 
encouraging SMM spirit. 


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Box 544 Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

April 19, 1969 






President, Grace Theological Seminary 
and Grace College 

The long-awaited day will soon be 
upon us. It was more than four years 
ago that plans for the Library-Learning 
Center were begun, and now at last 
those plans are about to be trans- 
lated into full reality. But for some 
of us, the dream of such a building has 
been thirty-two long years in waiting 
for fulfillment. You can imagine the 
excitement with which we look for- 
ward to dedication. 

The formal dedication of the build- 
ing is set for Friday, May 2, at 2:30 
p.m. The service will consist of two 
parts. The first will be held in the 
Winona Lake Auditorium for two rea- 
sons. It will be more apt to provide 
the necessary room for the crowd that 
will gather for the occasion. And sec- 
ond, the Auditorium will provide shel- 
ter in the eventuality of rain. 

Immediately following the first ser- 
vice, the crowd is invited to attend 
the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the 
library, and the tour through the build- 
ing by the librarians and assistants. 

For the message of dedication, the 
administration has been able to secure 
Dr. John F. Walvoord, president of 
Dallas Theological Seminary. This man 
has been a frequent speaker on the 
Bible conference platform in Winona 
Lake, a member of the original board 
of the Winona Lake Christian Assem- 
bly, and well-known in conservative 
circles all across this land. 

You Are All Cordially Invited 

A building so long in the planning 
and construction stage has stimulated 
interest among the constituents of 
Grace Schools. Letters from far and 
near have kept us informed of the in- 
terest in its construction. Readers of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald have 
followed carefully the various reports, 
and whenever representatives of Grace 
Schools have been out among the 

churches, people have inquired con- 
cerning the progress of the work. Peo- 
ple have been praying and giving toward 
this enterprise, and they are anxious 
to see their anticipations come to 

To our vast host of friends we are 
extending this invitation to attend the 
dedication ceremonies. Some of you 
live so far away it may be impossible. 
But for all who are within driving dis- 
tance (as you compute such distance), 
we have planned this occasion at a time 
in the year, and in the week, so that it 
may be possible. 

We are not forgetting the friends 
who may not be able to come to Win- 
ona Lake until conference time in 
August— for you there will be a Library 
Convocation service on Grace Schools 
Day, at which time Dr. Charles W. 
Mayes will be the speaker. 

Think of How We Did It 

Remember, this building, like all 
the rest on the campus, has been built 
by the gifts of God's people who count 
Grace Schools as worthy institutions 
which are needed in a day like this. 
When the vast majority of private 
schools turned to the federal govern- 
ment for financial aid, Grace Schools 
deemed it wise to keep free of any 
possible entanglements that could dis- 
possess us of our freedom to perform 
the task which under God caused us to 
be brought into existence. 

In a most remarkable way the peo- 
ple of God have responded to this 
need, and as of this writing more than 
half the needed funds have been raised. 
But the rest remains. To you who read 
this column we send forth an urgent 
invitation to pray earnestly that the 
remainder may be raised very soon. 

It would be a great victory if by 
dedication in May a large amount of 
this were raised. And it would be an 
amazing triumph if the rest could be 
on hand by convocation in August. 

This is a "must" in order to escape 
the high interest rates that place such 

heavy burdens on institutions such as 

For Students Such As Ours 

In a recent publication prepared for 
college and university trustees, there 
appeared a report of an analysis of data 
collected over the past several years, 
explaining the factors that are under- 
lying the unrest on campuses of higher 
education. The answers lie in certain 
characteristics of "protest-prone" stu- 
dents. The five that head the list are 
most significant. 

The first should not amaze those 
who know the Scriptures. Such stu- 
dents are said to have no religious 
preference. The second in order has to 
do with political views; they are said 
to be liberal. The third may surprise 
you, but upon careful thought it will 
be seen to fit the pattern. Such stu- 
dents express an interest in artistic 
pursuits. The fourth is logically in 
order; they consider themselves to be 
highly original. At first thought, the 
final one may seem strangely out of 
character. But it really isn't. "Protest- 
prone" students have parents who are 
relatively well-educated and affluent. 

It can scarcely be said that any one 
of these characteristics is true of the 
students who attend Grace College and 
Grace Seminary. If anything, every 
characteristic is just the reverse, and 
especially the first, and for such stu- 
dents Grace College and Grace Semi- 
nary were brought into existence. For 
these students we need to thank God, 
and we need to pray for them. And 
above all, we need to rededicate our- 
selves to the support of these students. 
For, it is students such as these who 
are so desperately needed for a testi- 
mony in the times now unfolding be- 
fore us. 

When you are confronted with what 
is taking place today on campuses 
across the land, pray for Grace Schools, 
the board of trustees, the administra- 
tion, the faculty, the staff, the stu- 
dents, and the needs. ▼ 


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Look up in the sky . . . and you 
won't find it. It's some strange 
thing called . . . "book." 

A new aid to rapid— almost magi- 
cal—learning has made its appearance. 
Indications are that if it catches on, all 
the electronic gadgets will be so much 
junk. The new device is known as 
"Built-in Orderly Organized Knowl- 
edge." The makers generally refer to 
it by its initials, BOOK. 

Many advantages are claimed over 
the old-style learning and teaching aids 
on which most people are brought up 
on nowadays. It has no wires, no 
electric circuits to break down. No 
connection is needed to an electricity 
power source. It is made entirely with- 
out mechanical parts to go wrong or 
need replacement. 

Anyone can use BOOK, even chil- 
dren, and it fits comfortably into the 
hands. It can be conveniently used 
sitting in an armchair by the fire. 

How does this revolutionary, un- 
believably easy invention work? Basi- 
cally, BOOK consists only of a large 
number of paper sheets. These may 
run to hundreds where BOOK covers a 
lengthy program of information. Each 
sheet bears a number in sequence, so 
that the sheets cannot be used in the 
wrong order. To make it even easier 
for the user to keep the sheets in the 
proper order, they are held firmly in 
place by a special locking device called 
a "binding." 

Each sheet of paper presents the 
user with an information sequence in 
the form of symbols, which he absorbs 
optically for automatic registration on 
the brain. When one sheet has been 
assimilated, a flick of the finger turns 
it over and further information is 

Courtesy of Donald A. Garlock, Assis- 
tant Professor of English and Speech, Grace 

found on the other side. By using both 
sides of each sheet in this way, a great 
economy is effected, thus reducing 
both the size and cost of BOOK. No 
buttons need to be pressed to move 
from one sheet to another, to open or 
close BOOK, or to start it working. 

BOOK may be taken up at any time 
and used by merely opening it. In- 
stantly it is ready for use. Nothing has 
to be connected or switched on. The 
user may turn at will to any sheet, go- 
ing backwards or forwards as he pleases. 
A sheet is provided near the beginning 
as a location finder for any required 
information sequence. 

A small accessory, available at tri- 
fling extra cost, is the BOOKmark. 
This enables the user to pick up his 
program where he left off on the pre- 
vious learning session. BOOKmark is 
versatile and may be used in any 

The initial cost varies with the size 
and subject matter. Already a vast 
range of BOOKs is available, covering 
every conceivable subject and adjusted 
to different levels of aptitude. One 
BOOK, small enough to be held in the 
hands, may contain an entire learning 
schedule. Once purchased, BOOK re- 
quires no further cost; no batteries or 
wires are needed, since the motive 
power, thanks to the ingenious device 
patented by the makers, is supplied by 
the brain of the user. 

BOOKs may be stored on handy 
shelves and, for ease of reference, the 
program schedule is normally indi- 
cated on the back of the binding. 

Taken altogether, the Built-in Order- 
ly Organized Knowledge seems to have 
great advantages with no drawbacks. 
We predict a great future for it. ▼ 

Ronald Hingley 

Russian Writers 
and Society 


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S 0C1AL 

April 19, 1969 




The seminary library, consisting of 34,000 volumes 
and periodicals, is located on the upper level of the 
library. Though the books on these shelves are primarily 
for the use of the seminary students, they can be used 
as reference books by all students. 

In a special area of this floor is housed the Alva J. 
McClain Library. This alcove will be furnished with the 
desk, chair, table, books, and personal file of Dr. 
McClain, founder and first president of Grace Schools. 
Part of the McClain library will include the complete 
transcripts of the revision committee of the New Sco- 
field Reference Bible. 

On the south side of this level are the conference 
rooms and the Rare Book room. A group of faculty 
study areas are also situated on this floor. 


The main level is the hub of most library activity. 
In addition to housing some 35,000 college books and 
approximately 500 periodicals, this floor contains the 
offices of the librarians and the circulation desk. A 
large staff workshop area augments the effectual work- 
ing of all the library services. 

An interesting feature on this level is the replica of 
the Liberty Bell which was cast at the White Chapel 
Foundry, the foundry which made the original Liberty 

Bell. This bell is one-fifth the size of the original and is 
accompanied by a copy of the Declaration of Indepen- 

Large picture windows, looking over the beautifully 
landscaped campus, contribute much to setting the at- 
mosphere which is conducive to study. 

To the left of the entrance is found a small microfilm 
room. A typing room and study rooms are also available 
on this floor. 


The lower level houses the much needed classroom 
facilities. These classrooms are completely carpeted and 
are equipped with some of the latest instructional ma- 
terials such as the white chalkboards, which can also be 
used as projection screens for instructional films, and 
the overhead projectors. This classroom-office section, 
isolated from the library proper, is a temporary facility 
designed to provide classroom space until separate facil- 
ities are built. The flexibility of this design will provide 
future growing room for the library. 

The books shelved on this level are comprised of the 
children's literature library and the curriculum library. 

An after-hours study area, which will remain open for 
several hours after the rest of the library closes, and a 
language laboratory, providing for individual listening 
to tapes and recordings, are also on this floor. 


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Overall dimensions of building: 

Lower Level 110' x 146' 

Main Level 110' x 146' 

Upper Level 109' x 94' 

Total floor space in building 33,476 sq. ft. 

Book capacity 74,000 vols. 

Reader capacity (individual carrels and 

other seating units) 320 

Number of faculty and service offices 24 


Library Building Committee-Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, chairman; 
Dr. S. Herbert Bess, Mr. Russel H. Dunlap, Mrs. Mabel 

April 19, 1969 


C. Hamilton, Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Rev. Clyde Lan- 
drum, Dr. E. William Male, Mr. Harold Bolesky, Mr. 
Richard Holmes. 
Construction Crew-Mr. Don Boyer, Mr. Dick Chappell, Mr. Neil 
Cauffman, Mr. John Dilling, Mr. Bert Jordon, Mr. Wesley 
Jordon, Mr. Cecil Keppell, Mr. Dale Martin, Mr. Clair 
Miller, Mr. Richard Miley, Mr. Ernest Ringler, Mr. Tom 
Stephens, Mr. Glenn Stauffer. 

Superintendent of Construction Mr. Max Fluke 

Consultant Dr. Donald Thompson 

Wabash College, Wabash, Indiana 

Architects Perkins and Will 

Landscape Architect Lowell Moore, Plymouth, Indiana 

Engineers D. H. Lessig and Sons 

Furniture and Equipment . . . Remington Rand and Steel Case 


Robert Edmond Pritchei 

Heart Attack 

Robert Edmond Pritchett, forty- 
three year old postgraduate student 
at Grace Theological Seminary, died 
of a coronary heart attack at about 
11:30 Tuesday night, March 4, at 
Winona Lake, Indiana, while appar- 
ently jogging enroute home from 
the post office. Mrs. Norma Pritch- 
ett said that her husband's health 
had been good, that he was very 
active, and it was not uncommon 
for him to jog in the evening. 

A native of Kansas, he graduated 
from Houghton College, Houghton, 
New York, in 1950, with a B.A. 
degree and from Dallas Theological 
Seminary, Dallas, Texas, in 1954, 
with the Th.M. degree. He had also 
studied at Oklahoma University and 
the University of North Dakota. 

After serving the past ten years 
as missionaries in the Philippines 
under the Overseas Missionary Fel- 
lowship, the Pritchetts moved to 
Winona Lake last fall, at which time 
he enrolled in the doctoral program 
at Grace Seminary. 

In addition to his widow, Norma, 
he is survived by two sons; Daniel 
J., 15, and Timothy E., 12. 

A memorial service was conduc- 
ted on March 6 in McClain Chapel 
at Grace College and Seminary, 
with funeral services and burial at 
Newton, Kansas. 

Following are excerpts from trib- 
utes given at the memorial service 
at Winona Lake: 

Tom Miller 

Student Body President of Grace 

It was last fall when Robert 
Pritchett came to be a student 
among us. Perhaps some of us won- 
dered why a missionary on furlough 

would spend time in further study 
instead of in much needed rest. 
Surely after ten years of teaching, 
a time of rest for mind and body 
was well-earned and deserved. But 
Bob had a duty to perform. He 
knew he was in God's place of ser- 
vice and he wanted to do his best. 

Bob was going back to the Phil- 
ippines to teach, and he knew there 
was more to be learned. And he 
was in love with the God who saved 
him and with the Word God gave 
him to teach. He was desirous to 
know that Word better, to enable 
God to use him more effectively in 
the place to which he was called. 
He gave himself untiringly to the 
task set before him. He had a goal 
to know God, as the Word of God 
revealed Him. Now Bob realizes the 
completion of that goal. 

Since Bob was a graduate stu- 
dent, most of us did not get to 
know him as we would have liked. 
But still, he was an example to us. 
When he came to chapel he was 
constantly writing notes as the 
speakers delivered their messages. 
His attention seemed to fall on al- 
most every word as though this 
would help him in his studies and 
ministry sometime in the future. 
Yes, he was an example that we 
could follow, and we give in tribute 
our thanks for the testimony he dis- 
played before us. 

It was in a foreign missionary 
panel that most of us were intro- 
duced to Bob. As he answered 
questions and spoke to us of his ex- 
periences on the field in the Phil- 
ippines, he imparted to us the bene- 
fits of his experiences. He chal- 
lenged us to consider the fields 
white unto harvest as God's place 
of service for us. His example be- 
fore us, both as student and as mis- 
sionary, was one to which we could 
all aspire. 

On one occasion, as we talked of 
the Philippines, Bob's eyes sparkled 
with the anticipation of going back. 
But now, he can't go back— at least 
not in person. But he has begun a 
work— a good work— and it must 

Perhaps the greatest tribute we 
could ever pay to our Brother Bob 
is that from this congregation of 
students and friends here today 
would come someone— even two or 
three— who would pick up the man- 
tle Bob has left behind, and take 
up where he left off. 

Thomas Figart 

Doctoral Candidate, Postgraduate 

Farewell to Bob Pritchett, our 
friend and fellow student, but much 
more than this, our brother in 

Just two days ago there were 
three of us studying toward our 
doctorate here at Grace Seminary, 
but now there are two, and you, 
Brother Bob, have had a commence- 
ment far surpassing the one we look 
forward to, should the Lord tarry. 

This very day you were to pre- 
sent to us the results of your study 
in our seminary; but instead, you 
have ready access to the Master 
Teacher, and those things you faced 
as problems must now seem so sim- 
ple of solution. 

You were planning, as we are, to 
use your strengthened grasp of the 
Word to teach more effectively, yet 
the Lord has called you to himself 
that He might begin with you that 
eternal process which will continue 
through the ages to come, to "show 
the exceeding riches of His grace 
in kindness toward us in Christ 


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". . . Brother Bob, . . . we bid you 
farewell, entrusting your body to the faithful 
creator who will soon transfigure 
all of us. . . " 

To us, then, after the first shock 
of our sudden separation from you 
has been absorbed, the question will 
no longer be, "Why, Lord, did it 
happen to Bob?" But it will be- 
come a paean of praise that you are 
rejoicing in the presence of Him in 
whom there is no darkness at all. 

Therefore, it is not a distressing 
doubt that we fear for your dear 
wife and boys, but rather a sure 
confidence that He who hath begun 
a good work in you and your family 
will never leave nor forsake them, 
but will perform that which He has 

In the days ahead He will mani- 
fest himself as Jehovah Jireh, the 
Lord who will provide their every 
need; Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who 
will heal their broken hearts; Je- 
hovah Nissi, the Lord whose banner 
over them is love; Jehovah Shalom, 
the Lord who will grant them His 
unsurpassing, heart -keeping peace; 
Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord who 
will reveal to them His unsullied 
and unselfish righteousness in re- 
moving unto himself in the midst 
of your years; Jehovah Raeh, the 
Lord who will watch over them in 
every way as their Shepherd; and 
perhaps most precious of all at this 
very time, He will make himself felt 
as Jehovah Shammah, the Lord 
whose unfailing presence as the God 
of all comfort, in the Person of the 
Holy Spirit who resides within. 

And so, Brother Bob, with this 
sevenfold Amen concerning God 
himself, we bid you farewell, en- 
trusting your body to the faithful 
creator who will soon transfigure 
all of us and reunite us in the day of 
Christ. Until then, we pray, 'Even 
so, come, Lord Jesus.' " 

Dr. Whitcomb 

Director of Postgraduate Studies 

In behalf of the faculty and ad- 
ministration of Grace Theological 

Paul assured Timothy that if a 
man strive for masteries, he must 
be prepared to endure hardness, as 
a good soldier of Jesus Christ, not 
entangling himself with the affairs 
of this life, that he might please 
Him who has chosen him to be a 

Robert Pritchett was a man who 
strove for masteries in the things of 
God. In spite of the fact that God 
had blessed his teaching ministry at 
the Far Eastern Bible Institute and 
Seminary in the Philippines, in the 
areas of systematic theology, Bibli- 
cal introduction, New Testament 
survey, book studies, Greek gram- 
mar, Christian evidences, false cults, 
and church administration, he had a 

passionate desire to perfect himself 
in the Scriptures. He knew that he 
could not show himself fully ap- 
proved of God unless he mastered 
God's infallible Word, and he was 
willing to make the necessary sacri- 
fices for such a goal. 

I feel that the very circumstances 
of his promotion to the immediate 
presence of the Lord were appro- 
priate in God's perfect providence. 
After studying late at night, it was 
often his habit to build up his 
strength by running a number of 
blocks in the various areas of the 
town. To quote from the prayer 
letter written by Mrs. Pritchett the 
morning following his death, "he 
was feeling better than he had for 
several years, even though he had 
been under a heavy schedule. The 
joy of the Lord has been his 
strength. His conscientiousness and 
perseverance have been part of his 
daily practice . . . that he might be 
a better servant of the Lord." While 
he was running late Tuesday night, 
God chose to end his earthly race 
and to promote him to Christ's 
presence in glory. 

Robert Pritchett's zeal for God 
has made its mark upon my own 
life. May the memory of this gra- 
cious and mature man of God en- 
courage each of us to be temperate 
in all things, striving by the grace 
of God to be mastered by Christ, 
for His glory. ▼ 

April 19, 1969 


Grace Sponsors Basketball Camp 

Another "Grace first" will be 
achieved this summer with the advent 
of the 1969 Lancer Basketball Camp. 
The concept, born and developed in 
the mind of head coach Chet Kammer- 
er, is expected to attract nearly 150 
boys who have finished grades 4-8 to 
Grace campus. Two separate camps 
are in the offing, one to be held July 
13-19 and the other July 20-26. 

Campers will live in Beta Hall (men's 
residence) during the week, and will be 
served meals in the Alpha Hall dining 
commons. Grace College athletes will 
serve as counselors and will live in the 
dormitory with the campers. 

The program each day will include 
devotional periods, individual instruc- 
tion in shooting, rebounding, dribbling, 
passing, catching, footwork, and indi- 
vidual defense. Films to be shown 
during the week will include college 
games, state finals, Venture for Victory 
tours, and others of instructional nat- 

Each boy will be assigned to a team 
and will have the opportunity to play 
a complete league schedule during the 
week. At the close of each week tro- 
phies will be awarded for the Most 

Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, 
Best Set Shot, Best Foul Shot, and a 
Hustle Award will be given. 

The cost for the week, which in- 
cludes room, meals, insurance, tuition, 
a camp shirt, trophies, towels, and 
linens, is $60 per camper. For two 
brothers registering, the total cost will 
be $100. 

The other two camp coaches, in 
addition to Kammerer, will be Roland 
Fletcher and Lane Moody. Fletcher is 
assistant basketball, tennis, and golf 
coach at Grace College. Moody is 
head basketball coach at Wheaton 
Academy in Wheaton, Illinois. 

Guest coaches who will provide in- 
structional sessions during the week 
include Dave Dillon, head basketball 
coach at Sturgis, Michigan; Keith 
Dougherty, head coach at Elkhart 
(Indiana) High School; "Boag" John- 
son, head coach at Warsaw (Indiana) 
High School; and Tom Sittler, head 
coach at Pierceton (Indiana) High 

Application blanks and further in- 
formation may be secured by writing 
Coach Kammerer at Grace College, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Grace News 

Memorial Opportunities Announced 

Number of each still needed indicated in parenthesis 

Suggested as an appropriate, enduring testimony to the Christian faith of a loved 
one, a couple or an entire family. 

Memorial No. 1 (1)-$100,000 

(Name the building) 
Memorial No. 2 ( 3)-$50,OOQ 

(Name a floor) 
Memorial No. 3 (l)-$20,000 

Memorial No. 4 (l)-$5, 000 

(Name night study area) 
Memorial No. 5 (l)-$5,000 

Memorial No. 1 1 (6)-$600 

(Card catalog files) 
Memorial No. 12 (4)-$ 500 

(Student study areas) 
Memorial No. 16 ( 1 20)-$ 1 00 

(Individual study carrel, desk 
and chair) 

For details, write: Richard G. Messner, 
Director of Development, Grace College and 
Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Memorial No. 18 (19)-$50 

(Steel storage lockers) 
Memorial No. 22 (4)-$ 1 25 

(Broadside filing cabinets) 
Memorial No. 23 (2)-$250 

(Listening tables) 
Memorial No. 24 (2)-$450 

(Index tables) 
Memorial No. 25 (7)-$ 1 50 

(Dictionary stands) 
Memorial No. 26 (3)-$30 

(Revolving dictionary 
stands table models) 

Library Fund Progress Report 

(as of March 31, 1969) 
Estimated cost of library. . . $650,000 
Cash and Faith Promises 

received 377,051 

Balance needed by 

August, 1969 $272,949 

Lancers, Coach Earn 
National Honors 
in Tourney- 
Gien "Chet" Kammerer, head bas- 
ketball and baseball coach at Grace 
College, was elected vice-president of 
the National Christian Collegiate Ath- 
letic Association during the NCCAA 
tournament in Chattanooga, Tennessee, 
March 14 and 15. 

Kammerer, who earned the B.A. 
from Grace College and the M.A. from 
Ball State University, is chairman of 
the Physical Education Department 
and an assistant professor of physical 
education at Grace. His Lancer basket- 
ball squad this year finished their regu- 
lar season with a 21-11 record, then 
won the regional NCCAA crown at 
Grand Rapids, Michigan, and placed 
fifth in the national NCCAA champion- 
ship tournament which was won by 
Azusa Pacific College of California. 
Grace's Jerry Ryman was named to the 
all-tourney first team. 

The NCCAA, now in its third year, 
includes some 33 colleges, each of which 
must have an enrollment of less than 
1100 students at the time of member- 
ship. Grace this year has 562 students. 

Goodman to Travel 

Dave Goodman, Lancer senior and 
co-captain from Sunnyside, Washing- 
ton, who ended his four-year Grace 
College basketball career this spring, 
will be playing with the Crusaders Bas- 
ketball Team when they tour the 
Orient June 10 through August 10 un- 
der the Sports Ambassador program 
which is affiliated with Overseas Cru- 

Combining their testimony for 
Christ with basketball, the Crusaders 
expect to witness to thousands of 
young people in five or six different 
countries of the Orient. 

Along with each of the other men, 
Dave must raise $ 1500 for his personal 
transportation and other tour expenses. 

Dave will graduate from the college 
on May 27 and plans to return in Sep- 
tember to begin his seminary studies. 


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Grace College 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

FIRST TERM: June 2 - July 1 1 
SECOND TERM: July 14 -August 8 

Most summer school classes will meet in the newly- 
completed, fully air-conditioned classrooms of the 
$650,000 library-learning center pictured at left. 

In addition to the high-quality Christian education 
offered through the regular summer sessions, head coach, 
Chet Kammerer, will also conduct two one-week Lancer 
basketball camps for boys in grades 4-8. Write for de- 

• 35 courses offered in 10 departments 

full schedule available May 1 

• Earn up to 12 hours of college credit from well-qualified instructors 

• Room and board available 

recreational facilities 

• Fully accredited by Indiana State Department of Education 


April 19, 1969 


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Winona Lake Auditorium 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

May 2, 1969, 2:00 pjm. 

Prelude Concert -Grace College Brass Ensemble 
Director, Gerald Franks 

Invocation-Dr. E. William Male, Academic Dean of Grace College 

Scripture-Rev. Richard G. Messner, Director of Development 

Presentation of Library- 
Mr. Robert Sullan -Perkins and Will Partnership, Architects 
Mr. D. H. Lessig, Jr.— D. H. Lessig Engineers, Inc. 

Acceptance— Dr. Kenneth B. Ashman, Chairman of the 
Board of Trustees 

Response— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, President of Grace Theological 
Seminary and Grace College 
Acceptance of Keys 

Special Music— Grace College Trumpet Trio 

Dedication Address— Dr. John F. Walvoord, President of Dallas 
Theological Seminary 

Dedication Prayer— Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Dean of Grace 
Theological Seminary 

DOOR OPENING CEREMONY will take place immediately at the 
Library's main entrance. Conducted tours will follow. 

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May 3, 1969 



Do We Care? 

Some Stories About Peace 

Here's Jerry! 

Two Safety Pins 

Crash Near Clayhole 

Helplessness Is the Answer 

Standing Inspection 

Two Days to Live 


KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Harold Jones 

May 3, 1969 
Volume 31, Number 9 

COVER PHOTO: A waif on the street of Dalat, 
Vietnam. See- article, "Two Safety Pins," on page 11. 



SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Brethren 
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The Editor Speaks 

By Clyde K. Landrum 

Do We Care? 

The slogan of one of our Brethren 
churches, We Care About You, lingers 
in my mind. From the time I first 
saw it— I cannot forget it. Without 
doubt this slogan is based on I Peter 
5:7, "... he [Jesus] careth for you." 
Christ is building the body of believers 
known as the church. The church is 
His instrument of blessing in the age of 
grace. So, since He cares for mankind, 
we, the members of His body should 
care about people around us. But do 
we? Do we care? 

Caring about people in one sense of 
the word is so simple and easy of ac- 
complishment, yet it is one of the most 
unpracticed of the Christian arts. So 
many people in our world need to be 
shown love and concern. And the 
church does so little! God forgive us 
for that lack of concern. 

A widower died suddenly. All at 
once he was gone. Only then did 
several people in the community feel 
that they had not cared enough about 
him. One man said, "I feel so bad 
about the fact that I did not do all that 
I should have done for him in his lone- 
ly life." Then there are those lonely 
people who attend our churches— lone- 
lier than most of us can even imagine, 
and with weightier problems than we 
ever dreamed of. Yet, do we greet 
them and tell them we are glad to see 
them? Is the Sunday dinner or the 
professional ball game pulling harder 
than the desire to meet these people 
and possibly be of spiritual help to 
them? Don't we remember the Bible 
says, ". . . he careth for you"? Let us 
translate this truth into our present- 

day situation— We care about you. 

And there is the whole world of our 
young people to be explored. How 
they need loving. They are being bom- 
barded with the sex bit— "There's noth- 
ing wrong with premarital sex." "Don't 
let the other-world philosophy rob you 
of the pleasures of this world." And, 
there is the drug problem; and drink; 
and smoking. All with false promises 
of relaxation of mind, and peace of 
soul. How we need to understand that 
these multiplied problems and pressures 
result so often in broken bodies and 
distraught minds. We need to take an 
interest in these young people-we 
need to care! 

We give to our readers the simple 
statement: We care about you. As 
members of the true church of Jesus 
Christ; as followers of Him of whom 
it was said, ". . . he careth for you," 
we must care. We long to be of help 
to you in knowing Christ as Saviour 
and Lord, and in helping you to find 
that to which one of our authors of 
this issue refers as ". . . peace with God 
and the peace of God that passeth all 
understanding." We dedicate this en- 
tire issue to the ministry of helping 
you to know Him, to grow spiritually 
in Him, and to find joy in serving Him. 
This is our We Care About You issue 
of the Brethren Missionary Herald! 
Read it carefully and prayerfully. And 
please use the form on page twenty to 
let us know of any decision that you 
might have made, or of any need with 
which we may help you. Sincerely, we 
want to communicate clearly the fact: 

Nay 3, 1969 


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'ponhis recent return home from college our son, 
Paul, suddenly asked: "Mother, how did you feel 
when that car fell on my back? Remember? We 
were living in Florida and I was just a little shaver. 
I can still remember how you tried to lift it off. It's 
a wonder you didn't hurt your back." 

Those questions engulfed me with a flood tide of 
memories. How could I ever forget such an experi- 
ence? And others of similar gravity when my best 
was not enough; when I desperately needed the sta- 
bility of God's peace to assist my nine children with 
all their growing needs, and to sustain me in my help- 

Peace has always been an elusive commodity; 
probably even more so today. Maybe that is why 
everybody is talking about it. Some people are 
really doing all they humanly can to obtain it. They 
are appointing commissions to study the phenomena 
of violence and war which are the antithesis of peace. 
They are serving on committees, giving money and 
food to the poor, changing environments and educat- 
ing toward a better life. People even sing about it. 
Still, like the old spiritual, "Everybody talkin' 'bout 
hebin ain't goin' there," so everybody talkin' 'bout 
peace ain't gettin' it. 

In spite of the hazards, why don't we join the 
group and talk about peace? With the fervent hope 
that we can come up with at least a few helpful 
answers to the problem of peace-or lack of it-by 
looking to the proper source of authority, the living 

The chief problem with men's search for peace, 
no matter how sincere, is that they are looking to 
their fellowmen for the solution. They'll never find 
it. I know because, "There is no peace, saith the 

Way 3, 1969 


Mrs. Althea Miller serves with her 
husband, Rev. Robert E. A. Miller, as a 
missionary to the Jews in Washington, 


Lord unto the wicked" (Isa. 48:22). 
Now don't bristle at me for making 
that statement. I didn't originate it. 
God did. It's a wise man who will take 
His Word for it. If you are going to 
make any sense at all out of life as it 
unfolds before you today, you will be 
forced to a polar point of authority. 
Violence is spawned when "every man 
did [does] that which was [is] right in 
his own eyes" (Judges 17:6). 

You may not consider yourself to 
be wicked because you have lived a 
quiet, law-abiding life. There is noth- 
ing violent about you. Certainly you 
are for peace. If only others felt the 
same way! Well, I have news for you. 
God doesn't measure wickedness, or 
righteousness for that matter, by deeds 
or doing. He measures by being. 
Through Isaiah He said all our righ- 
teousnesses (man-made) are as filthy 
rags in His sight. The Apostle Paul 
said it another way: "For all have 
sinned, and come short of the glory of 
God" (Rom. 3:23). That indictment is 
on every newborn baby long before he 
can do any wicked thing. 

Yet, in the midst of this dark pic- 
ture there shines a bright light of 
hope— God doesn't hold your wicked 
condition against you. He made pro- 
vision to clear you of your sin through 
His Son, Jesus Christ. 

But how does the sin question af- 
fect personal peace, world peace? Men 
are calling for: "Peace, peace; when 
there is no peace" (Jer. 6:14). Why 
can't peace be requisitioned when men 
have the right motives in seeking it? 
The answer is not complex if we get it 
from God. Peace is inexorably linked 
to God. It is one of the products of 

oneness with God, which oneness was 
broken when man sinned. Before there 
ever can be peace in the world there 
must be peace in the hearts of men. 
And men cannot have peace until the 
Prince of Peace rules in their hearts. 
It is that simple. It is that profound. 
The solution to the dilemma of man 
and peace is spelled out in the Bible, 
which must be man's final court of 
appeal. What man-written book has 
withstood the ravages of time and the 
criticisms of cynical men and retained 
its integrity? It is imperative that you 
have a final word to get you back on 
even keel. Why not God's? When did 
you try it last? 

Regardless of the motivations which 
drive men to pursue peace, and in 
spite of their inability to obtain it, 
God does have peace for those who 
will hear His voice. Before we see what 
He offers, let's take a look at the best 
plans of men in this direction. 

My mother is half-Irish and she en- 
joys telling jokes about the Irish. She 
insists the Irish are for peace— "a piece 
of your hair, a piece of your skin, et 
cetera." Although this is not the only 
ethnic group which enjoys occasional 
spats, obviously this isn't the peace 
men are looking for. 

There is a Peace-At-Any-Price phi- 
losophy to which some people sub- 
scribe. This peace all too often in- 
volves repudiation of high standards, 
denial of convictions and the com- 
promise of noble principles. Nobody 
is better off under those conditions. 

Then there is the Myopic, Short- 
Range Peace. This ignores symptons 
of unrest, hoping that inattention will 
cause them to disappear. It is like 

whistling in the dark hoping to scare 
away the specter. It meets today's 
conditions for peace, right or wrong, 
with no regard for future consequences 
or concern for future generations. 

We must also admit to an Honest 
Pursuit of Peace. Those caught up in 
this approach look the issues of "un- 
peace" squarely in the face and ener- 
getically try to do something about 
them. They right wrongs wherever 
possible, even to the point of personal 
sacrifice. Still they fail. Small wonder 
then, when these honest efforts fall 
short that their advocates often be- 
come frustrated, cynical. Thus it seems 
crystal-clear that at their very best, all 
the foregoing approaches to peace 
don't reach, their goal. To date they 
have failed to produce peace. 

But there are two other kinds of 
peace available which do produce the 
goods. They are peace with God and 
the peace o/God— in that order. Peace 
with God comes with the forgiveness 
of sin through Jesus Christ. Romans 
5:1 states: "Therefore being justified 
by faith, we have peace with God . 
through our Lord Jesus Christ." 

Once you have peace with God, the 
peace o/God floods your being, afford- 
ing quietness of soul and purpose to 
living. "The peace of God, which | 
passeth all understanding, shall keep 
your hearts and minds through Christ 
Jesus" (Phil. 4:7). Do you wish you 
had that peace? Do you wish every- 
body had that peace? It would change 
our world. Well, you can. They can. 

Take a candid look into your own 
heart for a moment. Do you know 
what real peace is in your life? I don't 
mean a peace so-called for lack of 


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IS LIFE..." 

trouble, or the absence of sorrow or 
problems. That is a negative approach 
and is certainly not realistic. You don't 
live in any kind of a vacuum where 
you can avoid trouble. I do mean— 
what sustains you when the tears run 
down your cheeks like rain? When 
you stand helpless at the dying and 
dead form of a loved one? When your 
entire world disintegrates before your 
very eyes? Do you curse God? Blame 
Him for your misery? Lash out at a 
fate you can't best? Then after you 
have spent yourself in those senseless 
ways, are you just as shackled by the 
hard, cold chains of irrevocable grief, 
loss, lack of peace? 

One of the chief functions of a 
mother, which is also a privilege, is to 
help her children in times of trouble ; 
to lend her presence and counsel; to 
alleviate pain when her children suffer. 
Inevitably, though, there come times 
when even the greatest, noblest and 
deepest of a mother's love is not 
enough. I know. 

Like the day Dorotheann broke her 
arm. I was personally helpless, for all 
my love, to "fix" her arm as she re- 
quested. But, when made available 
medical science and time took care of 
the need. This was not a hopeless situ- 
ation although I personally was help- 

Then there was the time when our 
son, Bill, suffered a broken heart. This 
was a different kind of helplessness be- 
cause this heart was not a tangible. 
But understanding love and the healing 
balm of Christ did their work and 
eventually he found a new love. Ob- 
viously, this was not a hopeless situa- 

tion although no physical splint could 
be applied to Bill's heart. 

The greatest test of any peace I 
possessed was when I stood beside the 
broken, dying form of my firstborn. 
Here, both medical science and I were 
helpless to turn the tide of the disease 
which had ravaged his body for four 
years. The men of medicine were also 
hopeless as they stood beside my Bob. 
Neither medicines nor pain relievers 
could ease his intense suffering. 

But the great difference between 
the doctors and me was that I was not 
hopeless. I saw my Father-God give 
dying grace to my son. He gave it to 
me also, for I knew when this suffering 
was over for Bob he would go on to 
that better land where some glad day 
we will be together again. My God was 
sufficient for both Bob and me at the 
moment of death. Only He made 
sense in my hours of grief because 
along with His peace was the assurance, 
which has never left me, that God 
never makes a mistake. 

As my twenty-one-year-old slipped 

out of this life into the presence of 
the Lord he loved, I was overwhelmed 
with peace— God's peace, even in the 
presence of man's last enemy, death. 
Although my eyes were blinded by 
tears, my spiritual sight was sharper 
than ever, for one of my "jewels" was 
over on the other side waiting for me 
to join him where "there shall be no 
more death, neither shall there be any 
more pain." That, dear friend, is 
PEACE; peace which the world can 
neither give nor take away. 

Won't you turn to Him now for 
that peace and cleansing you so des- 
perately need? He has promised: 
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, 
whose mind is stayed on thee: because 
he trusteth in thee" (Isa. 26:3). Re- 
ceive that peace this very moment by 
believing and receiving the Son of God, 
Jesus Christ, into your life and heart. 
NOW. It is the only peace that works 
—the only peace that can keep the en- 
tire person in the very midst of life's 
storms. It is the only peace that 
counts. ▼ 

May 3, 1969 


Instead of an economical foreign car, 
he could be driving a black limousine. 
He could have a favorite room in a 
fancy hotel in cities like New York and 
Los Angeles. Instead, he has a dingy 
office in an old house that has been 
converted into instrumental practice 
and instruction rooms. 

Behind the building the parking lot 
is the back yard cleared of most of its 
shrubbery. He ruins his shoes by walk- 
ing from car to classroom on rainy 
days. The small sign on the door of 
his office reads: "Prof. Jerry Franks." 
His desk is almost an antique, and 
there are a few straight-backed chairs 
around his office to seat frequent 

"It was quite a decision to come to 
Grace College, but I found it an easy 
one to make," Franks said as though 
it was an everyday occurence. 

It wasn't. He had just been told by 
a promoter that he was, "Blowing one 
of the most promising careers of any- 
one he had ever worked with." That 
career included playing the trumpet 
on two of the largest weekly television 
shows out of Los Angeles, a tour 
abroad with one of the biggest names 
in show business today, and an oppor- 
tunity to be soloist with the military 
band of his choice. 

Passing this up would definitely 
cost him something. 

"I knew I was finished professional- 
ly, but I wanted to give someone else 
the opportunity I never had— to attend 
a Christian school and find the educa- 
tion in music desired." 

To the ordinary individual, this 
sounds like sacrifice. The lights, name, 
and money all go down the drain. But 
Jerry Franks doesn't think so and he's 
been there. 

"A lot of people have the idea that 
name, position, and money will bring 
happiness. If they just had so much of 
what this world can offer, this is all 
they really want— not any type of re- 
ligion, or even Christ." 

Franks felt this way himself until 



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he saw the actions of the leading pro- 
fessionals. For them, the drinks, the 
drugs, the high life, didn't provide 

"I had the idea that the profes- 
sionals had the answers, but I found 
out I was the one with the answer, and 
these people were looking for it." 

He found this answer early in life. 
He lived in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, 
and attended the First Brethren Church 

May 3, 1969 

there. He describes his conversion as 
"nothing spectacular." He was saved 
while attending a Daily Vacation Bible 
School at the age of seven. 

A boy's work called Sky Pilots was 
very instrumental in building his young 
Christian life. It was through the in- 
fluence of this group that Franks led 
his first soul to the Lord. 

His Christian home started him 
down the musical trail at an early age. 

His father was a fine trumpet player 
and director of a high school band. 
His mother was the church organist- 
pianist, and his brother was a flutist. 

"The first real toy I ever had was a 
trumpet. I blew my first note when I 
was two years old." 

It irks Franks to think some people 
called him a child prodigy. He doesn't 
believe there is such a thing in the 
brass instrument field, "not because 
it's more difficult, but it's more physi- 

"I was definitely gifted because of 
my family background, but I still had 
to work for what I accomplished," he 

When old enough to settle down to 
formal training, Franks balked. "I was 
having too much fun. I didn't want 
to really buckle down and do it right," 
he seriously comments in a humorous 

In his senior year in high school 
he played lead trumpet in the band 
and orchestra and traveled with his 
brother twice a week to play in the 
Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. 

During the next few years, he at- 
tended the University of West Virginia, 
commuting daily. This enabled him to 
continue a courtship which had begun 
in Uniontown as a high school fresh- 
man, and this courtship resulted in 
there being a Mrs. Jerry Franks. 

While in his senior year at the uni- 
versity, a group of musicians and critics 
hailed him as one of the best, if not 
the best, performer to come out of the 
university. In 1959 he became known 
as one of the brightest young profes- 
sional artists in the country. From 
there his career mushroomed. 

Many offers from top symphonies, 
bands, and television programs were 
turned down by the determined young 
musician. He wanted to be a soloist, 
and the best way to get the "name" 
was to work as a soloist and clinician 
for an instrument company. He found 
such a position in Elkhart, Indiana, 
paying no heed to promoters who said 
he would not make it that way. 

Soon after this, Franks made the 
"easy decision" to go to Grace Col- 
lege. One promoter guaranteed Mr. 



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Franks that by the time he was thirty 
years old, he would have a chance to 
solo at the Midwest National Band 
Clinic, probably the highest honor 
granted to a soloist. But the Lord had 
other things in mind. 

When Jerry Franks was at the point 
of choosing a college, he realized it was 
impossible to receive professional-type 
training in any Christian college in the 
country. This is what he needed to be- 
come a professional trumpet player. 

Now the time had come when he 
could take a position that would pro- 
vide other young musicians with an 
opportunity he knew was hard to find 
in most places. 

"This is one of the reasons I'm at 
Grace College— to train our young peo- 
ple to be educated and aware, and to 
strive for perfection," so they can 
"take the church music program and 
make it into something special that 
honors the Lord and makes that church 
service more meaningful." 

One word that makes Franks sit up 
in his chair is mediocrity. With the 
perfection of Christ as the Christians' 
standard-bearer, Franks cannot under- 
stand how the church can be satisfied 
with half-hearted music productions. 
"The Christian should be at the top of 
his field, or as far along as possible," 
he says. 

He hopes to change attitudes from 
"I don't have to be as good because 
I'm doing it for the Lord," to, "I've 
got to do better because I'm doing it 
for the Lord." 

With the teaching position at Grace 
came an opportunity to become soloist 

Tim Rager, author of this article, is the 
son of Rev. and Mrs. Don K. Rager, Cone- 
maugh, Pa. He is a junior in Grace Semi- 
nary and also serves as an editorial assistant 
for the Brethren Missionary Herald. 

and clinician for a different instrument 
company, Conn, also at Elkhart. He is 
quick to add that this is an avocation. 
His full-time job is at Grace College. 

It would appear that Franks' career 
as a performer was ended by this time. 
But even to the surprise of Jerry him- 
self, it was just getting started. Through 
appearances representing Conn, the 
Franks "name" began to grow. 

In 1967, he was invited to play in 
the Bachman All-Pro Band at the Mid- 
west National Band Clinic. In 1968, 
he was the featured soloist with the 
Merle Evans Band at the Midwest 
Clinic. Evans, known as Mr. Circus, 
is the director of the Ringling Brothers, 
Barnum and Baily Circus Band. 

On opening night of the Midwest 
Band Clinic, Franks premiered a new 
composition. As he stood up to play, 
an interesting thought ran through his 
mind. He was told when he decided to 
accept the position at Grace College, 


that he was passing up a chance to solo 
at the clinic by the time he reached 
thirty. It was December when he 
stood up to solo. He had turned thirty 
in July. It was then Jerry realized, 
"The Lord does not need agents. He 
does not need organizations or any- 
thing else to be able to do with a per- 
son what He wants done." 

The Lord evidently wanted things 
done at Grace College. Through the 
efforts of Jerry Franks, a brass choir, 
pep band, trumpet trios, brass quartets, 
and a community concert band have 
been established. 

"I'm very pleased with the progress 
of the department and caliber of the 
students coming here," says Franks of 
his work. 

The effects of Mr. Franks' work are 
already beginning to be felt in the 
school program. Students are coming 
to Grace just for the opportunity to 
study under Jerry Franks, and mean- 
while they gain the privilege of a Chris- 
tian atmosphere. 

As these students begin to filter out 
into churches, Mr. Franks' ministry 
will become more distinct. 

"In my small way I can do some- 
thing in this institution to help make 
instrumental music in the church some- 
thing special that honors the Lord. 
As more people do this across the 
country, we will see marked improve- 
ment in our church programs. 

"Attitudes will change from T don't, 
have to be as good because I'm doing 
it for the Lord,' to, 'I've got to do 
better because I'm doing it for the 
Lord.' " ▼ 


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Ihree waifs on the streets of 
Dalat, one of the beauty spots of 
Vietnam. There they were, wan- 
dering about as so many other 
young children of Vietnam do, 
as if no one loved them or felt 
responsible for them. At first 
they avoided contact with strang- 
ers. But after a while the cameras 
and the sound of the tape record- 
er won them over. Then they 
were almost over friendly. 

What about these boys? Do 
they have a home? Is there some- 
one responsible for them? Is 
there someone who cares? As I 
was turning these questions over 
in my mind I spotted two safety 
pins on the sweater of one of the 
trio. How interesting! I won- 
dered who had put these two 
safety pins there. What was their 

I concluded that without doubt 
there is a home to which each of 
these boys would return at night. 
The father probably won't be 
there, for he most likely is either 
in military service or has been 
killed in the war that drags on, 




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bringing misery and heartbreak 
to millions. And, during the day 
the mother very likely has ridden 
off in a truck to some work proj- 
ect, where she must perform 
heavy duties on the highways or 
perhaps even in support of the 
military effort. 

But what of the two safety 
pins? Somehow I identified them 
as the mark of a mother's love. 
A mother, who very early in the 
morning arose and prepared 
breakfast, and cared for the im- 
mediate needs of her children, 
sent them on their way, just any- 
where, with the admonition to be 
careful to avoid dangers, and to 
be sure to return home early so 
they could be in the house before 
dark. And for some reason or 
other she put the two safety pins 

"There is a love, a compassion, 

that drives the mother to protect and 

care for her own at any cost." 

on the sweater. A sign that she There is a love, a compassion, 

dearly loves her own. Then it that drives the mother to protect 

was off to work for mother; and and care for her own at any cost; 

for the children off to scrounge to feel for her child in whatever 

wherever possible to come up situation. Love becomes particu- 

with a parcel of food and a bit larly effective as one's heart ex- 

of loving from anyone willing to periences the love of Christ. This 

give it, causes love to transcend a family 

The two safety pins tell me concern, to include love for 

that a mother is involved. Some- others around us. The mark of 

where, sometime she will draw this love is a changed heart. The 

her child to herself; she will re- motive then becomes altruistic, 

move the safety pins and wash with a desire to reach out and 

the sweater and she will feed her help all people. May God help 

own whatever she can provide, us to reach people in all lands so 

It must be this way, for this is they may experience changed 

the way of mothers. And so it is hearts and have a desire to help 

with mothers around the world, others. ▼ 

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* * I was at the controls of a single- 

."' -1 * engine Luscombe in which I had more 

than one hundred hours of flying time. 

« I was about two hundred feet above 

• " . the rugged hills of Kentucky and the 

**' ' ■' fuel guage registered low. My thoughts 

. ' ~ *• slipped back to the past few months. 

.. , . I had been employed in a factory in 

>'•'• * Elkhart, Indiana, working on a machine 
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May 3, 1969 


Dale Brock now 
serves the West Coast 
churches in a liter- 
ature ministry with 
headquarters at 

beside a member of the Bethel Breth- 
ren Church of Osceola. This fellow 
had invited me to go to church with 
him but again and again I had rejected 
his pleas. Finally, I decided that the 
only way to keep him quiet was to go 
with him. That's when it happened! 
I found out that God loved me and 
sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die in 
my place (John 3:16). I trusted Christ 
as my Redeemer and Lord that night. 

Now, I was flying to Clayhole, Ken- 
tucky, to attend a youth rally being 
held at the Brethren church. I had 
felt, almost immediately after I was 
saved, that God wanted me in the 
Christian ministry; but I had put up 
all kinds of excuses. The Lord was 
speaking again to my heart as I was 
trying to find a place to land the air- 
plane. Suddenly the engine sputtered 
and stopped— I was forced to land. It 
was not a very smooth landing, and a 
great deal of damage was done to the 
aircraft. I was not injured. At that 
moment, I promised the Lord that I 
would be willing to do what He wanted 
me to do. 

During the following years at Bob 
Jones University, I felt God calling me 
into the military as a chaplain. I 
planned my life and schooling around 
that calling. God gave my wife and me 
assurance that this was what He wanted 
us to do. After graduating from col- 
lege, I attended Grace Theological 
Seminary. During that time, I served 
with Rev. Scott Weaver at the Bethel 
Brethren Church in Osceola. Those 
years with Scott Weaver provided prac- 
tical training and produced sound spiri- 
tual growth which further prepared me 
for my own ministry. Seminary days 
ended with my graduation in 1957. 

Filled with joyful anticipation, in 
1958 I entered as a chaplain in the 
United States Naval Reserve Corps. 
From that time on I have had varied 

and challenging assignments which 
have included shore duty, sea duty, 
and foreign duty; and the Lord has 
allowed me to see many men and 
women come to the Saviour. My 
shore duty assignments have allowed 
my family to share the blessings of the 
Lord with me. In Washington, D.C., 
the Lord enabled us to see the atten- 
dance of the chapel grow from fifteen 
to the capacity of the chapel, which 
was about one hundred. God used 
His Word to touch the hearts of many 
men. My clerk at Washington had 
heard the Gospel over and over, but 
he had never made a commitment to 
Christ. When Jack Wyrtzen was in the 
area, Bob and I went to hear him. 
When the invitation was given, Bob 
was among the first to respond. I was 
thrilled beyond words. I had sown, 
someone else had watered, but God 
gave the increase (I Cor. 3:6-7). 

As a family, we had the privilege 
of living in Japan for two years. Be- 
cause I was assigned to a squadron of 
ships, I was at sea most of the time, so 
Marian and the children had the oppor- 
tunity of getting acquainted with many 
missionaries. We felt a real kinship 
toward them because we also were 
missionaries— missionaries to the mili- 
tary. I had many thrilling experiences 
while I was in this unit in Japan, but 
one experience in particular I shall not 
forget. I had gone aboard one of the 
ships to pay my respects to the captain. 
He was busy, so I waited outside his 
cabin. Soon two men emerged from 
the cabin with envelopes, which I knew 
to be orders for change of duty. The 
captain then called me in and explained 
that he was sorry for the delay, but the 
men that I had seen were being trans- 
ferred and he said, "I just had to tell 
them about the Lord Jesus Christ." 
That captain, James Ashley, is now my 
commanding officer at the Naval Train- 
ing Center in San Diego, California. 
There are not many men who can meet 
with their commanding officer and 
pray for the souls of men. I have that 
privilege ! 

In the fall of 1967, I spent a year 
with the marines in the war-torn coun- 
try of Vietnam. While I was there, my 
family lived in Greenville, South Caro- 
lina, where the entire family went to 
school: Marian at Bob Jones Univer- 

sity, Beth at Bob Jones Academy, and 
Linda and David at Southside Christian 
School. My time in Vietnam was one 
of the most rewarding times of my 
ministry as a chaplain. Oh, I had 
known before— but while in Vietnam, 
it became more clear to me that Christ 
is the answer to life. He can meet the 
need of every situation of life. He is 
limited only by our lack of faith. 
Shortly after Rev. Clyde Landrum, the 
Military Endorsing Agent for the Na- 
tional Fellowship of Brethren Church- 
es, visited me in Vietnam, the Viet 
Cong made a heavy push on our posi- 
tion. A platoon from our unit was in- 
structed to seek and destroy the Viet 
Cong along the Da Nang River. It was 
not a pleasant task. The grass and 
brush were higher than a house. Many 
men did not come back. One of the 
men who did return said to me, "Chap- 
lain, I am not ashamed to say that 
when I went out there this morning, I 
was afraid; but I had the greatest peace 
in my heart that I have ever known." 
You see, that young marine had ac- 
cepted Christ just a few weeks earlier 
at one of the services. 

It was in the battle of Hue City that 
I realized more fully the importance 
of personal contact and Christian liter- 
ature. There was just no time, nor was 
it safe, to have a group of men meet 
for a worship service. There were oc- 
casions when time only permitted me 
to slip a man a New Testament or a 
gospel tract. (Hundreds of the tract, 
Have You Heard About God's Gift?, 
were passed out to marines in Viet- 
nam.) Other times I would pray with 
a man just before he went out into 
eternity, some I am confident, to be 
with the King of kings. It may sound 
incongruous to say that I had the 
privilege of crawling through the rice 
paddies with the men whom I served, 
and when I would look up from the 
mud to see a marine there and hear 
him say: "Chaplain, thanks a lot for 
that message this morning." What a 
tremendous feeling! I knew I had been 
faithful in preaching God's Word, faith- 
ful to Christ and faithful in inviting 
men to trust the Saviour. 

When I stood before that youth 
group in Clayhole, Kentucky, twenty 
years ago and told them I was going 
into the ministry, little did I know 


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what God had in store for me. I had 
no idea that I would see so much, live 
in so many places, and see God's hand 
work in so many wonderful ways. 

Now, God is opening another door 
of service for us. My Reserve Chap- 
laincy contract with the navy expires 
in June 1969, so our ministry as mili- 
tary missionaries will conclude. How- 
ever, the Lord is already leading us 
into another exciting ministry: that of 
representing the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company on the West Coast in 
the field of Christian literature. What 
a thrill it is to be led by the Eternal 
God who makes no mistakes. In the 
navy I traveled extensively meeting 
people in all walks of life who have 
been influenced to a great extent by 
what they have read. The men in the 
military read nearly anything that is 
available. Cults spend millions of dol- 
lars on literature to influence men's 
minds with false philosophies. With 
good Christian literature, we can stay 
the devil's influence and win people to 
Christ. As Christians, we have the 
advantage. We have the truth which is 
God's Word, and we have the Holy 
Spirit who will use that truth in indi- 
vidual lives. 

In First Corinthians, the last few 
verses of chapter fifteen tell us that 
when Jesus Christ returns, we shall be 
changed and shall put on immortality. 
However, in verse fifty-eight we are ad- 
monished, during these last days, to be 
". . . stedfast, unmoveable, always 
abounding in the work of the Lord, 
forasmuch as ye know that your labour 
is not in vain in the Lord." The Chris- 
tian literature ministry is God's work 
and as we abound in this work, we 
know that our labor will not be in vain. 
Pray for us as we adjust to this new 
mission field, and as we explore the 
unlimited possibilities this ministry 
offers. T 

Top right: Dale Brock counsels a recruit at 
Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. 

Right: The Brock family. David, Beth, 
Linda, Marian, and Dale. 

May 3, 1969 


". . . in Christ 
there are 
no charges 
the helpless . 

By W. Winton Enloe, Jr. 


Is the Answer 



fie Gospel is poetry for 
those who have ears to hear. It filled 
the heart of Henry Lute as he penned 
these words: "Abide with me: fast falls 
the even-tide; The darkness deepens; 
Lord, with me abide: When other 
helpers fail, and comforts flee, Help 
of the helpless, abide with me." 

This is the poetry of the Gospel 
that filled the hearts of those who first 
heard it along the Galilean shores, the 
rocky hills and dusty paths of Palestine. 

Help of the helpless! This is the 
poetry the author of the Book of He- 
brews heard when he wrote of a God 
who is "touched with the feeling of 
our infirmities." 

When Jesus on occasion turned and 
faced the crowd that was following 
after Him, and in no uncertain terms 
laid down the cost of discipleship, the 
helpless ones stayed to hear more. 


s Luke recorded it 
(15:1-2), "Then drew near unto him all 
the publicans and sinners for to hear 
him. And the Pharisees and scribes 
murmured, saying, This man receiveth 
sinners, and eateth with them." These 
were the "down-and-outs," the out- 
casts, the dregs of society, the morally 

and spiritually bankrupt— the helpless. 

This is the poetry of the Gospel 
that sets hearts to singing today: "For 
we have not an high priest which can- 
not be touched with the feeling of our 
infirmities; but was in all points tempt- 
ed like as we are, yet without sin" 

Jesus Christ was tempted as we are, 
yet He was without sin. He suffered 
agony, physical needs, betrayal by 
friends. He shed tears of sympathy. 
We are never to forget that He knows 
our needs. Born in a stable, He is not 
the rich king who knows nothing of 
the plight of the poor. 

The poetry of the Gospel is not that 
God pities us, nor is sorry for us, but 
that He is in sympathy with us. He has 
felt our struggles with Satan— the hu- 
man weaknesses: temptation, weari- 
ness, pain, heartache, sorrow. Jesus 
experienced these things. 

A detailed study of the Church's 
role in the racial crisis in America by a 
leading newsmagazine two summers 
ago revealed, among other things, that 
the men held in highest esteem by the 
Negro were the Catholic priests who 
lived and worked in the teeming 
ghettos, not the cleric who flew in to 
be jailed overnight and flew back to 
his air-conditioned office the next day. 

W. Winton Enloe, Jr., is a Presbyterian US 
missionary in Hiroshima, Japan. 


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There is something about genuine con- 
cern that calls forth, from the helpless, 
a response of trust and devotion. And 
the more helpless a person may be, the 
more qualified is the response of love 
and gratitude. 

Paul, as a prisoner of the Roman 
government, was on his way to Rome. 
Friendless and in chains, he reached 
the outskirts of Rome where a few 
Christians came out to meet him. 
When Paul saw them, he "thanked God 
and took courage" (Acts 28:15). 
Gloom and despair turned to comfort 
and courage, because someone cared 
enough to come and stand alongside. 

The poetry of the Gospel, for those 
who have ears to hear, is the good 
news that someone does care, and that 
someone has come, and does stand 

nr i 

or many years the suc- 
cess of Alcoholics Anonymous has 
been based upon a simple, scientific 
fact: Healing, for certain diseases, be- 
gins when the complete helplessness of 
one's condition is recognized and con- 
fessed. That is why the victim so often 
must reach the bottom socially, physi- 
cally, and spiritually before he con- 
fesses his utter helplessness to deal 
[with the problem. Then healing be- 

Preaching in a rescue mission in the 
jheart of a large city, I have seen men 
{respond to the poetry of the Gospel. 
There is little need to remind a gradu- 
ate of a great university, his business 
jruined, deserted by family and friends, 
that he is lost. He knows that. But his 
heart responds to the news that there 
is help for the helpless; that there is 

"The poetry of the 
Gospel sings of help 
for the helpless " 

someone in sympathy with his weak- 
ness, who stands alongside, to whom 
he can turn for help. 

The comparatively recent scientific 
discovery that in certain types of ill- 
ness, awareness of one's condition is a 
prerequisite to healing, is an ancient 
spiritual truth. Jesus illustrated this 
in His parable about the prodigal son. 
The young man left home. He blew 
his fortune in one big spree. The end 
of the line was a pig pen. Here, Jesus 
said, "He came to himself." For this 
young man, the road home began with 
an awareness of his condition. 


n the first beatitude, which is 
the foundation of all the rest, and of 
the Christian ethic which follows in 
the Sermon on the Mount , Jesus taught : 
"How blest are those who know that 
they are poor; the kingdom of heaven 
is theirs" (Matt. 5:3). 

In writing to the church at Corinth, 
Paul reminded the people of this fact. 
"My brothers, think what sort of peo- 
ple you are, whom God has called. 
Few of you are men of wisdom, by 
any human standard; few are powerful 
or highly born. Yet to shame the wise, 
God has chosen what the world counts 
folly, and to shame what is strong, God 
has chosen what the world counts 
weakness. He has chosen things low 
and contemptible, mere nothings, to 
overthrow the existing order. And so 
there is no place for human pride in 
the presence of God." 

The Gospel is poetry for those who 
have ears to hear. But what of those 
who do not hear? What of those who 
do not know that they are poor and 

C. S. Lewis in his book, Beyond 
Personality, comments on this ques- 
tion. "If you have sound nerves and 
intelligence and health and popularity 
and a good upbringing, you are likely 
to be quite satisfied with your charac- 
ter as it is. A certain level of good 
conduct comes fairly easily to you. 
You are not one of those wretched 

creatures who are always being tripped 
up by sex, or nervousness, or bad tem- 

"Everyone says you are a nice chap 
and you agree with them. You are 
quite likely to believe that all this 
niceness is your own doing. Often 
people who have all these natural kinds 
of goodness cannot be brought to rec- 
ognize their need for Christ, until, one 
day, the natural goodness lets them 
down and their self-satisfaction is shat- 


he problem of proclaim- 
ing the Gospel in Japan stems from 
two sources. In the society and cul- 
ture in which we live, the natural man 
and his talents have been elevated to a 
high degree, and a sense of need and 
helplessness is not only totally absent, 
but difficult to instill. The second 
facet is our own lack of conviction of 
man's helplessness and the Gospel's 
relevancy in meeting this need. 

I am afraid that too often in the 
Church we busy ourselves with trying 
to beautify the pig pen. In general we 
try to make the prodigal feel at home 
in his environment instead of showing 
him his need in the sight of God and 
showing him the way back to the 
Father's house. 

The poetry of the Gospel sings of 
help for the helpless, of "mercy and 
grace to help in time of need." There 
is mercy in relation to our weakness 
and sin. There is grace suited to the 
need of the hour. The poetry of the 
Gospel is the news that in Christ there 
are no charges against the helpless who 
have turned to Him for help. 

"For we have not an high priest 
which cannot be touched with the feel- 
ing of our infirmities; but was in all 
points tempted like as we are, yet 
without sin. Let us therefore come 
boldly unto the throne of grace, that 
we may obtain mercy, and find grace 
to help in time of need" (Heb. 4: 1 5-16). 

This article used by permission from the 
Presbyterian Journal. ▼ 

Way 3, 1969 


Standing Inspection 

It was twenty-three years ago at one 
of the large Naval Training Centers. 
We stood at attention on the "grinder" 
that was larger than four football fields. 
Not a muscle moved. 

The inspecting officer, a "four- 
striper," was approaching. My stomach 
felt funny, sweat trickled down the 

center of my back, my legs began to 
ache, and of all things, my nose started 
to itch. 

My mind went back to the ten 
weeks of training that I had just gone 
through. Some of the things that the 
company commander told our com- 
pany to do, seemed senseless— then! 
Now, it was clear. We thought it wasn't 
right that we were taught not to move 
when in ranks— then! But now, we saw 
the importance of it. This was the 
final test of our training— this was the 
big exam. How would we stand under 
the critical eye of "The Old Man"? It 
All Depended on How Well We Were 

My mind started to stray and tumble 
off into the future. "How would I 
make out at the 'Big Inspection'?" 
"What would the 'Inspecting Officer' 
in the sky say when He looked me 
over?" I realized I was thinking in 
eternal dimensions, so I best look for 
the answers in that area. 

The Bible is a book for all people, 
it's message is boundless! It is here 
that I realized I must turn to find the 
answers to these questions of life. The 
Master said: ". . . I am come that they 
might have life, and that they might 
have it more abundantly" (John 
10:10). Did I have life— or was I mere- 
ly existing? Surely this LIFE must be 
connected in some way to the One 
who posed this promise. What did I 
know about Him? Very little, if any- 
thing at all. Oh, I had heard His name 
mentioned, but usually in connection 
with a quick flare of anger. No, I 
really did not know this person— Jesus 

My mind snapped back to present 
things-the "Skipper" was getting 
closer and I would be standing face to 
face with him in no time. I wasn't 
afraid to face him— I had prepared! 

The Bible states: "As many as re- 
ceived him, to them gave he the power 
to become the sons of God, even to 
them that believe on his name" (John 
1:12); and "If we confess our sins, he 
is faithful and just to forgive us our 

sins, and to cleanse us from all un- 
righteousness" (I John 1 :9). 

The captain was looking at the third 
sailor to my left. I overheard him say, 
"You look sharp, sailor— you've pre- 
pared well." I was confident that I 
would receive the same complimentary 
remarks. But then I remembered— I 
couldn't get the piping on my "blues" 
as white as I wanted it, and I couldn't 
seem to get that "spit-shine" on my 
shoes like the other fellows. / Wish 
I Could Have Had Someone to Stand 
Personal Inspection in My Place! 

My mind flickered back to just a 
couple of days ago in the barracks 
when I heard a fellow sailor say that 
Jesus Christ took his place on the Cross 
of Calvary for forgiveness of sin. Christ 
took his place in the "Big Inspection." 
I thought of my own life— it wasn't so 
bad. Of course, there were some things 
that shouldn't be there, and— could I 
stand before a Holy God when I had 
even a little wrong with my life? 

I remembered someone quoting the 
Bible as saying: ". . . There is none 
righteous, no, not one: There is none 
that seeketh after God. They are all 
gone out of the way, they are to- 
gether become unprofitable; there is 
none that doeth good, no, not one" 
(Rom. 3:10-12). I thought that pretty 
well covered it— if I wanted to pass that 
"Big Inspection," I'd better take care 
of things. I was quickly awakened 
from my daydreaming, for I was look- 
ing straight into the face of the man 
who wore the cap with the "scrambled 

I have found someone to stand the 
"Big Inspection" for me— Jesus Christ. 
When He died on the cross, He said, 
". . . Father, forgive them; for they 
know not what they do . . ." (Luke 
23:34). Jesus Christ stood the inspec- 
tion for me and passed. He is now 
". . . even at the right hand of God, 
who also maketh intercession for us" 
(Rom. 8:34). 

He can and will do the same for 
you. He has stood the inspection for 
you already, all you have to do is take 
Him into your life and live for Him. 
-John Dale Brock ▼' 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

lay 3, 1969 


T\vo Days to Live. 

On Tuesday morning, December 3, 
Paul Noffsinger, D.O., learned he was 
suffering from an incurable disease. 
On December 7, two days before he 
died, Dr. Noffsinger penned the follow- 
ing letter which was read at his funeral 
in Seattle. 

In the course of human events there 
comes a time in the life of every hu- 
man creation that he must face that 
inevitable day when he departs this 

That day has come to me and I must 
confess that when I learned I was suf- 
fering from a fulminating incurable 
disease, the human part of my being 
manifested itself momentarily. I was 
prepared, however, to keep it from 
getting the upper hand, and since then 
I have gradually gained a divine strength 
that has given me a peace that passes 
all human understanding, including my 

My first thought was of my family 
and how I could impart the reality of 
life to them. God gave me the answer. 
Oh, yes, we had some very trying 
emotional moments— but my wonder- 
ful family gave me that assurance of 
their love for me, and I knew I loved 
them. . . . This last experience in my 
life has been worth it all. 

My ability to face this reality has 
had its background in a mother and a 

grandmother who early in life acquaint- 
ed me with a gracious and loving 
Heavenly Father. I, as Timothy, had 
known the Scriptures from my youth 
through them. I learned that "all have 
sinned" and that "there is none righ- 
teous, no, not one." For a time I 
strayed away, but returned to God and 
His saving grace. Since I have in my 
weak, stumbling way committed sins 
against God and my fellowman I could 
not face God with a righteousness of 
my own and say, "Lord, have I not 
done many wonderful works in thy 
name?" I can face Him, however, with 
a faith that His grace and love will 
bridge the gap, through the blood of 
Jesus Christ His son. "I know whom I 
have believed, and am persuaded that 
he is able to keep that which I have 
committed unto him against that [in- 
evitable] day." 

With this faith, I face eternity with 
confidence in a just God who will deal 
with me as a son and fellow being with 
His son. . . . 

Actually, it gives one a feeling of a 
release from the load of life. . . . My 
days have been full though I shall not 
attain the allotted three score and ten 
years. With these thoughts I leave this 
life, trusting and hoping that I shall be 
considered among those who "Being 
dead, yet live."— EPA News Service ▼ 

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Where Are We Going in Missions? 


He'll Return to France 


Death in Africa - A Stormy Affair 


Missionary Love 


Children's Page 


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Just Another Youth Leader? 



KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Harold Jones 

May 17, 1969 

Volume 31, Number 10 


Cover photo: A typical huge African anthill made a good 
base for photographing the entire student body along with 
North American and Swiss faculty members of the James 
Gribble Memorial High School at Yaloke, Central African 
Republic. Photo by J. W. Zielasko. 

Foreign Missions and WMC Issue 



SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: 
$4.00 a year, foreign, $5.00. Special rates to churches. 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

The Editor Speaks 

By Clyde K. Landrum 

Off to EPA 

We're off to EPA! Just about the 
time this issue of the Herald goes into 
the mail several members of our staff, 
along with representatives from some 
of the other denominational boards 
will be leaving for Grand Rapids, Mich- 
igan, for the annual meeting of EPA. 

But what is EPA, you ask. EPA 
stands for Evangelical Press Associ- 
ation. It is an association of editors 
and staff members of evangelical maga- 
zines, banded together for the purpose 
of helping one another produce the 
best magazines possible for our various 
constituencies. Our readers should 
know of this organization and some of 
the details of its operation. 

On the Table of Contents page of 
the Herald you will see the statement, 
"Member of Evangelical Press Associ- 
ation." We feel fortunate to belong to 
this organization, and to carry its em- 
blem on our masthead. On page 15 
there appears "Worldscope," a page of 
world news gathered mostly by the 
staff of EPA. This is only one of EPA's 
services. From time to time we run 
special articles provided for us by The 
Evangelical Press Association office in 
La Canada, California. One of these 
appeared on the back page of the May 
3, 1969, "Special Issue" of the Breth- 

ren Missionary Herald. Such news 
items and articles make our magazine 
more profitable and interesting. 

Much time is spent in the EPA 
annual sessions discussing the general 
appearance, format, layout, and many 
other matters having to do with mak- 
ing a magazine more attractive and 
readable. Content, and techniques for 
the best presentation of the message 
receive consideration on the agenda. 
To give us depth of thinking, and in- 
spiration, special speakers lecture in 
the sessions— these are authorities in 
the journalism field. 

To get down to specifics on the 
"how to" of doing a good job with 
our magazines, each editor is allowed 
to submit copies of magazines, feature 
articles, and pictures used during the 
year, as well as other items which are 
then evaluated. To encourage more to 
enter, there is a bit of friendly com- 
petition. Two of the high points of 
our three-day get-together are Tuesday 
and Wednesday evenings when awards 
are announced. So, our readers have 
every right to ask us, "How did you 
do at EPA this year?" In fact, it is 
hoped that many of you will show 
such interest. This program is designed 
as an avenue to assist the evangelical 

magazines to a place of excellence in 
the presentation of the message which 
we have to offer to a needy world. 

Outstanding leaders are chosen to 
head EPA. This year Mr. Paul Fromer, 
editor of HIS magazine is president, 
and Mr. Sherwood Wirt, editor of De- 
cision is vice-president. The executive 
secretary— the man of action who has 
continuity in service, is Mr. Norman 
B. Rohrer— a Grace Theological Semi- 
nary graduate and an outstanding jour- 
nalist who wrestles with the problems 
year-round, and year after year. It is a 
privilege for our people to meet and 
fellowship with these men, and with 
other leaders in this field. 

So, you see, our magazine is not 
just a happenstance. We are working 
diligently to do the best job possible. 
We want you to know this, and ask 
you to bear with us as we make changes 
that at times might not appear to you 
to be appropriate. We want you to 
show an interest in the magazine, and 
we ask you to make suggestions and 
to ask questions as they come to mind. 
All of this because we want to do an 
effective work of presenting to the 
world the message which God has en- 
trusted to us. 

At EPA in 1968: Fromer, Wirt, Rohrer 

May 17, 1969 






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. John W. Zielasko 


'irtually every African country 
has as an official policy the principle 
of 'Africanization'; that is, they are 
willing to tolerate non-Africans only 
until the black natives are qualified to 
take over the jobs that whites now 
hold. It may be a long time, but even- 
tually Africans will replace white job- 
holders, and then presumably the 
whites will have to leave." This com- 
ment appeared recently in a secular 
news magazine. 

In the light of history many of us 
would be most sympathetic to this de- 
sire on the part of the African to oc- 
cupy positions that control his own 
destiny, or to reap the material rewards 
that the natural resources and indus- 
trial possibilities of the country offer. 
But let us not overlook the fact that 
this statement affects the foreign- 
mission program in a country as well 
as secular and political positions. Na- 
tionals want to control the institutional 
programs instituted by the mission, as 
well as the operations of their church. 
When mission organizations are reluc- 
tant to train the national, or are slow 
to turn over controls as the church 
matures, they are subjecting themselves 
to severe criticisms, and running the 

risk of eventual expulsion from the 

Even those missions which have fol- 
lowed the policy of an indigenous 
church and have sought to prepare the 
Africans for positions of leadership, 
are today finding themselves under 
attack. Nationalism, plus the world- 
wide spirit of unrest and revolt, have 
infected some within the Christian 
community and they have been led to 
make demands on mission societies 
that threaten the present structure of 
missions. This has led to a reappraisal 
of mission policy among some foreign 
mission boards, and organizational 
changes are suggested in the latest 
articles dealing with missions. 

One of the most radical plans calls 

A Moment with Missions 

for a complete merger of the church 
and mission. Under this plan the mis- 
sionary becomes a "fraternal worker," 
completely subject to the national 
church. This in itself is not objection- 
able to most missionaries. What is dis- 
turbing is the fact that in many cases 
it is not the national church to which 
the missionary is subject, but to a few 
leaders who would interpret the words 
"work under" to mean something other 
than a fulfillment of the missionary 
calling. To have his role in missions 
reduced to that of social worker or 
flunky, will cause the Christian who 
has committed his life to missions and 
prepared himself for this service, to 
question seriously his missionary call. 

Nationals want control of mission 
operations. As far as Brethren Missions 
is concerned, we would be pleased to 
turn over to them all that the church is 
qualified to handle. The church itself 
does have its own organization and has 
not been under the control of the mis- 
sion for many years. The Bible Insti- 
tute has an African director and teach- 
ers; the medical division of the mission I 
program is almost completely run by I 
the Africans with missionary doctors I 
and nurses in advisory roles. All other 1 

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programs have the same goal and seek 
to enlist the church's cooperation. The 
mission has no desire to hang onto 
property, buildings, or positions if the 
church is ready to assume the responsi- 
bility. We do not feel, however, that 
the solution in Africa at this point lies 
in the direction of abolishing the mis- 
sion and placing missionary personnel 
and funds in the hands of the African 
church. Although some groups have 
adopted this policy, it is too early to 
evaluate its effectiveness. Early reports 
indicate that the arrangement is not 
as palatable to the church as nationals 
initially assumed it would be, nor is the 
arrangement enthusiastically received 
by missionaries. In some cases mission 
societies are finding it difficult to keep 
their missionaries on the field under 
such a program. 

The Brethren Foreign Missionary 
Society has no other interest than to 
glorify the Lord and establish and 
strengthen the church of Jesus Christ. 
As we grapple with complex problems 
that face missions today we are aware 
that change is upon us, and we know 
that we must adapt ourselves to the 
times. We listen as new solutions to 
present-day mission problems are draft- 
ed in the fertile minds of missiologists, 
and then are forged on the anvil of ex- 
perience. We will not hesitate to apply 
the lessons learned to our mission pol- 
icy and procedures, but up to now 
there is no valid proof that the course 
we pursue is in error. The day may 
come when the mission, as a separate 
organization, will have served its use- 
fulness. Perhaps some missionaries will 
then remain on the field at the request 
of the national church to serve as 
technicians or fraternal workers, while 
others move on to new harvest fields. 
,For the present, our policy coincides 
with the following statement developed 
at the Congress on the Church's World- 
wide Mission in Wheaton, Illinois, in 

"We declare that proper relation- 
ship between churches and missions 
can only be realized in the cooperative 
partnership in order to fulfill the mis- 
sion of the church to evangelize the 
world in this generation, that the 
mission society exist to evangelize, to 
multiply churches, and to strengthen 
the existing churches. Therefore, we 
recognize a continuing distinction be- 
tween the church established on the 
field and the missionary agency." ▼ 

He'll Return to France - With Wife 

The individual testimonies of 
Christians who have yielded their 
lives to the Lord for His service, and 
then of the way He has directed 
them to the specific place where 
He would have them, are master- 
pieces which should thrill men's 

Dan and Sherry Hammers have 
sought and found the Lord's di- 
rection for their lives. Both were 
born into and reared in Christian 
homes— Brethren homes. 

Home to Sherry is Wooster, Ohio. 
She came to know Christ as her 
Saviour when she was seven, and 
has been a member of Wooster's 
First Brethren Church through the 
years. She is a graduate of Wooster 
High School and Grace College. 

Dan is the son of Rev. and Mrs. 
Thomas Hammers, and experienced 
the years of childhood and youth in 
the parsonage. Then came four 
years at Grace College and one year 
in Grace Seminary. By then Dan 
was, as he puts it, "becoming rest- 
less to see what was going on out- 
side this rather sheltered Christian 
atmosphere. I felt myself growing 
stale because I had received so much 
in Christian instruction but I wasn't 
putting much of it to use in a 
practical way." 

Dan's friend and classmate, Larry 
DeArmey, was experiencing feelings 
similar to Dan's. Together they con- 
cocted a scheme which they thought 
was "probably the most ridiculous 
thing we had ever done," for they 
decided to investigate the "remote 

possibility" that the Brethren For- 
eign Missionary Society might be 
able to use their services "some- 
where, in some way" for the sum- 
mer ahead. Much to their amaze- 
ment they found that two young 
men such as themselves were being 
sought for the work in France. 

With the necessary preparation 
completed, the two young men de- 
parted for France in June of 1966. 
As the first of the FMS cadet mis- 
sionaries, Dan and Larry spent not 
just a summer but fifteen months 
in France, returning home in time 
to resume their seminary studies in 
the fall of '66. During the semi- 
nary years, the Lord showed Dan 
the girl who was to be his life com- 
panion, one who already had yielded 
her life to the Lord for His service. 
They were married the summer 
after Sherry's college graduation. 

Now under appointment for ser- 
vice in France, Dan and Sherry are 
scheduled to depart from the U.S. 
in late August to spend their first 
year in France in language study at 
Albertville. There are many chal- 
lenges ahead, even before their de- 
parture, including the need for back- 
ing by Brethren churches in supply- 
ing their total support and outfit 

Please bear up this young couple 
with your prayer and tangible help. 
They have been faithful in their re- 
sponse to the Lord's call and direc- 
tion; much in their future will de- 
pend upon your response to their 
need. ▼ 

May 17, 1969 

Death in Africa — 
A Stormy Affair 

By Mrs. Albert W. Balzer 

L^eath in Africa is not the covered, 
quiet affair it is in the United States, 
where the undertaker comes and calm- 
ly takes the body away. Death in 
Africa is a stormy affair. The drums 
beat; friends come from other villages 
to cry and mourn for the soul of the 
dead one for at least three days. Death 
is very real in Africa— a stark reminder 
that we are only pilgrims in this world. 

Many times when I have heard the 
death drum I have asked if the person 
was prepared to die. And many times 
the answer has been, "No." 

This is probably the compelling 
factor which takes me out into the 
villages to garner some of the grain into 
God's granary before it falls to the 
ground and is spoiled and wasted. 

For a number of years I have been 
going to the villages to take the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ to those people who are 
lost in sin with no hope for eternal 

This is the way we go about doing 
this work. 

We have a small Volkswagen. A 
young man, usually a student at the 
junior Bible school who knows the 
tribal language well, goes with me to 
translate what I speak in Sango. We 
begin out about 25 kilometers (approx- 
imately 1 5 miles) on one of the roads 
from the station, and then work 

towards home. There are many villages 
around Yaloke especially, and we try 
to reach every one. Many times we 
have more response in the smaller vil- 
lages because they have previously been 

When we arrive in the village for the 
meeting, we drive up and down the 
road, calling to the people to come 
and hear the Word of God under a 
certain shady tree we have chosen in 
the middle of the village. 

I take along my violin, and as soon 
as chairs are brought to sit on, I start 
playing the instrument. When it looks 
as if all the people are there who are 
coming, we sing a couple of hymns and 
have prayer. Then I give the lesson in 
Sango and my young man interprets 
it into the native tongue. Although 
many of the people understand most 
or all of what I say in Sango, some of 
the older people and children know 
only their own dialect. 

In the past I have used some flannel- 
graph material in teaching, but it is 
difficult because often the wind both- 
ers and there is no place to put the 
board or figures. More recently I have 

Elsie Balzei and her husband, the mission's 
builder, have served in Africa since 1946. 
Village evangelism is Mrs. Balzer's special 

been making flash card books, which 
helps to keep the attention and gives 
better understanding. 

I am daily filled with awe and won- 
der that God has chosen me to help in 
the great work of winning souls for 
His glorious kingdom, and I am truly 
grateful. I think there is no greater 
joy than that of winning a person for 
Christ, and thus saving him from death 
and giving him the promise of everlast- 
ing life. 

In the past few weeks we have seen 
a great moving of the Spirit in the 
village meetings. In a little over a 
month's time there have been 196 first- 
time confessions and thirty who have 
returned to the Lord. What has brought 
this great increase? Maybe the hour 
when God's grace will be removed is 
sooner than we think. We must truly 
work for the night is coming when our 
work will be finished. 

From the time that we returned to 
the field in November of 1967 until 
now (the end of February, 1969), 466 
have accepted Christ, 178 have come 
back to the Lord, and 46 have dedi- 
cated their lives for service. Yes, God 
has blessed His Word, and it has not 
returned void. Pray that if it should be 
His will, we will be able to reach many 
more in these village meetings before 
our time in Africa is finished. ▼ 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

Missionary Love 

(A paraphrase of an Indian student's paraphrase 
of I Corinthians 13) 

By Mrs. Harold Dunning 

Missionary, Central African Republic 

If I have language ever so perfectly, and speak" with excellent intonation in Sango, or 
with never an error in gender or verb-form or accent in French, "and have not the knack 
of love that grips the heart, I am nothing." 

If I have diplomas and degrees and decorations, "and am proficient in up-to-date 
methods," having also means of supplying unlimited materials and equipment, "and have 
not the touch of understanding love, I am nothing." 

"If I am able to worst my opponents in arguments so as to make fools of them, and 
have not the wooing note, I am nothing." 

"If I have all faith" and high "ideals and magnificent plans and wonderful visions, and 
have not the love that sweats and bleeds and weeps and prays and pleads, I am nothing." 

"If I surrender all prospects" for personal prestige and possessions, and, "leaving home" 
and children "and friends and comforts, give myself to the self-evident sacrifice of a mis- 
sionary career, and turn sour and selfish amid the daily annoyances and personal slights of 
a missionary life; and though I give my body to be consumed" in the dust and "heat and 
sweat and mildew of" Africa and to be devoured by insects and parasites; "if I have not 
the love that yields its rights, its coveted leisure, its pet plans, I am nothing." 

If I have perfect knowledge and proven experiences so that I "can heal all manner of 
sickness and disease, but wound hearts and hurt feelings for want of love that is kind, I am 

If I am able to build houses that protect health, shield from sun and prolong lives of 
missionaries, and can bring about terraces and landscapes that please the eye and relax the 
tensions of the soul; and if I am irritable and touchy, hardly noticing when others do right 
and pointing out every mistake, love is stifled; I am nothing. 

If I have all manner of gifts of inventing, making, repairing, and if I allow my clever- 
ness and ingenuity to sharpen my tongue and to bring to light failures and faults of 
others, I am nothing. 

"If I can write books and publish articles that set the world agog, and fail to transcribe 
the word of the cross into the language of love, I am nothing!" 

Love never fails: but where there be accomplishments that awe, they shall fail; where 
there be tongues telling of aught but the love of God, they shall cease; where there be 
knowledge and cunning, it shall disappear. 

And now there are faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love. Therefore, let 
your greatest aim be love. ▼ 

May 17, 1969 






Left to right: Judy Lynn Teadt (New Troy Brethren Church, Michigan); 
Tammi Williams (Grace Brethren Church, Denver, Colorado); Joyce 
Douglas (Hillwood Chapel, Akron, Ohio); Sandra Boarts (North Buffalo 
Brethren Church, Kittanning, Pa.). 

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Shelli Channovich, Lynda Conley, Jolene Wolfe, Judy Shaub, Ralph Wayne 
Kisner— all of First Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio. 



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Sandy Brown and Sheila Brown (Ankenytown Grace Brethren Church, 
Ohio); Mary Anne Grant and Rhonda Lynch (First Brethren Church, 
Akron, Ohio). 
















Brethren Missionary Herald 

By Rev. Lynn Schrock 

For both teacher and pupil, it is 


r\ missionary's experience is varied. 
There is pastoral work, preaching, 
evangelism, camp-directing, open-air 
meetings, tent meetings and teaching, 
to mention a few. The last mentioned 
is without a doubt one of the most re- 
warding, whether in the local church, 
in a Christian high school, or in the 
Bible Institute. 

The work of teaching takes the mis- 
sionary to his Bible— not to read it 
superficially or even in a devotional 
way. Rather, it is to find out, as best 
he can, what it means, and to be ready 
to answer questions which the students 
are sure to have. This means study- 
hours of study. It means, too, an en- 
riching in his own life. How the Word 
takes on new and deeper meaning! 
One becomes convinced— not only be- 
cause someone said so, but because he 
has experienced it in his life and minis- 
try—that the answer is in the Book, if 
we only know the Book. 

In our recent bout with neo-pente- 
costalism we were grateful for what 
our professors had taught us in our 
days of formal training, and for every 
hour we had spent in the Word of God 
since being in missionary service. In 
spite of the heartaches we have suf- 
fered in the past couple of years, the 
beauty of the Word of Truth has be- 
come clearer before our eyes. And we 
thank our wonderful Lord for this. 

The ministry of teaching is reward- 
ing in the classroom. As the teacher 
"bringeth forth out of his treasure 
things new and old," it is a joy to see 
the response of the students. Many 
are relatively young in the Christian 
life and their knowledge of the Bible is 
very limited. Much of what they hear 
is new and thrilling. Too, they are 
thinking of the challenge of passing 
along this teaching to others. So they 
truly thrill in much of what they hear 
and learn. 

The ministry of teaching is reward- 
ing as the missionary sees his former 

students out in the work of the Lord, 
winning souls and teaching the be- 
lievers. I have often thought of our 
professors at Grace Seminary and Col- 
lege whose former students are now 
scattered throughout the world win- 
ning souls and teaching God's people. 
What a satisfaction this must be! On 
a smaller scale, we missionaries in 
Argentina have the same joy. 

And I think of one other reward 
which comes from teaching the Word 
of the Lord. It is the realization of 
carrying out our Lord's command. It 
is not enough to win folks to the Lord. 
To do nothing more would be compar- 
able to abandoning a newborn babe. 
It is necessary to continue with the 
long, arduous task of "teaching them 
to observe all things." The teaching 
ministry is really not very glamorous, 
but it is necessary and practical, and 
also pleasing to the Lord. And this 

last factor is the greatest impetus in 
Christian service. -. 

There is a place in Argentina for the 
Bible teacher. Interest in God's Word 
is more disseminated than ever before. 
I have recently been having classes in 
the home of a Jewish couple, and they 
have invited friends both Jewish and 
Gentile. They are not converted, but 
they have a keen interest in God's 

There seems to be a new interest in 
God's Word among Catholics. Many 
are reading the Bible, whereas they 
feared it a few years back. But the 
question in many hearts is this: "How 
can I understand [what I read] except 
some man should guide me?" 

Is God calling you to "guide"souls 
to Christ in Argentina and to teach 
them His precious truths? ▼ 

The Bible Institute teaching staff includes three missionary men. (I to r) Lynn Schrock, 
Solon Hoyt, Nelson Fay. At far right is National Pastor Eduardo Coria. 

May 17, 1969 


By Rev. George "Duke" Wallace 

Missionary, Brazil 


'y way of a true story, I want to 
point out just how logical the Bible is. 

Every Sunday afternoon at Santo 
Antonio do Taua, Brazil, the men and 
the missionary go visiting. One par- 
ticular Sunday, Raimundo, a convert 
of just six months, wanted to go to a 
place which has the odd name of 
"Road Three." Raimundo was notice- 
ably excited, which is unusual for him, 
for you see, Raimundo is single, very 
shy, and just a little backward. 

Santo, one of the faithful men, 
came along with his manual phono- 
graph to preach his way through a 
couple of records. Although he is 
fifty-nine years old (a one-year-old 
babe in Christ), and can neither read 
nor write, this man is a powerful wit- 
ness through his life for Jesus Christ. 
(He was the former town drunk and 
policeman, if you can imagine the two 

The results of that afternoon-three 
decisions for Christ. Three eternal re- 
sults in less than an hour! 

The missionary learned later that he 
was the first pastor, missionary, or 
Christian worker ever to go down this 
road. Can you imagine his thrill in this 
privilege? What a great adventure be- 

ing a Christian is for those who dare to 
be used in giving out a testimony. 

You say, "That's great, but what 
has this to do with the Bible being 

Here is the connection. Romans 

He called you! You, meaning "you 
all," for the world would be lost for 
sure if the matter were left only with 
the small number who are evangelical 

Those three on "Road Three" were 


with the 


10:14 and 15 asks: "How then shall 
they call on him in whom they have 
not believed? and how shall they be- 
lieve in him of whom they have not 
heard? and how shall they hear with- 
out a preacher? And how shall they 
preach, except they be sent?" 

Let's put this into our own words. 
Surely, one has to believe to be saved. 
But, to believe he has to hear the Gos- 
pel at least once. And to have heard, 
someone had to be interested enough 
to tell him. Now the Lord could have 
given to angels this job of spreading 
the word that Jesus saves, or He could 
have raised up rocks to do the work 
of testifying to others-but He did not. 

Santo in 
the middle 
and Raimundo 
at right 
with the 
three converts. 

saved because they believed on Christ, 
and they heard about Christ at least 
once because Raimundo was interested 
enough in their souls to invite the men 
of the church to visit the home. 

It is Raimundo's responsibility— and 
it is our responsibility— to get the word 
out that Jesus saves, because many 
have never heard or even seen a Protes- 
tant in their town. 

Half the population here in Brazil 
is under eighteen years of age. Young 
person, have you dedicated your life 
and said, "I'll go where You want me 
to go, and do what You want me to 
do, and say what You want me to 
say"? If you have, are you following 

Logically speaking, we believers are 
letting the heathen go to hell! The 
Father showed His love when He sent 
His Son, and the Son showed His love 
when He took our sins upon himself 
and died on a cross, and the Holy Spirit 
was sent to convict the unsaved. How- 
ever, we have the privilege and the task 
of telling everybody about Jesus-. 

Yes, indeed, the Bible is logical! 
Now the inevitable question comes: 
Are you letting the heathen, or your 
best buddy, or your neighbor, go to 
hell? They, too, must hear the strong, 
logical words from the Bible! T 


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AAfter several years on the field, I 
am certain my equipment was not com- 
plete when I left the States. From the 
standpoint of personal preparation, I 
must be about average with a degree 
from Bible college and graduate work, 
as well as experience in the pastorate. 
Also, my language ability is par for the 

Apparently, I have adjusted normal- 
ly to the climate and the people. This 
doesn't mean that I always know what 
to do in every situation. There still 
are moments of indecision and uncer- 
tainty, but I'm learning. 

When I answered the call for mis- 
sionary work, the Lord gave me real 
peace and joy. These are still present. 
I know I am in the Lord's will and 
place for me. 

The opportunities for witnessing on 
my field are limitless. During parts of 
the year I have as many as nine ser- 

vices weekly, as well as my other minis- 
tries. As a result, some have shown 
fruit of real conversion, but very few 
have given themselves completely to 
the Lord. And this is the problem. 
How am I to turn back the heavy 
blanket of pagan darkness and lead my 
people to firm faith in Jesus? 

It is apparent that my being well- 
equipped (i.e., car, house, beds, tape 
recorder, camera, and so forth) doesn't 
assure me of souls. It shows me that 
others are interested in getting me into 
contact with those who need to hear. 
So, here I am with all my equipment 
to face the pagans, the false religionists 
and the ecumenists, and I'm expected 
to get the job done. 

I've tried to do it. How I've 
preached in village after village. I've 
distributed hundreds of pieces of liter- 
ature. I've shown scores of films. I've 
witnessed, prayed, cared for the sick, 

but few have been saved. Why? 

What is missing? I think it is the 
element that induces God to intervene 
in the affairs of men, and even of the 
devil! It is prayer. If we are ever to 
break down the strongholds of Satan, 
it will be only in answer to prayer. 

Jesus tells us, "Hitherto have ye 
asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye 
shall receive . . ." (John 16:24). With 
one word Jesus destroys all precon- 
ceived ideas of prayer, saying, in John 
14:13, "And whatsoever ye shall ask 
in my name, that will I do, that the 
Father may be glorified." God sets as 
a condition for His intervention in the 
affairs of this world the prayers of be- 

This is what is lacking in my equip- 
ment—real, earnest, daily, effectual 
prayer. Did you call my name in 
prayer today? Did you pray for our 
national Christians? Did you pray for 
the young preachers we are training? 
Did you ask God to save the witch 
doctor, our local schoolteacher, the 
fetish chief? Did you pray for my 
health and my spiritual strength? Did 
you pray for my evangelistic work (lit- 
erature, preaching, personal witnessing, 
films, et cetera)? 

Missionary work— in spite of all the 
mundane affairs such as eating, travel- 
ing, working— is a spiritual ministry, 
and our weapons are of the Spirit. If 
we ever are to see any sizable victory, 
YOU must become involved, because 
if you really pray and ask specifically 
for me and the others working here, 
God has obligated himself to get in- 
volved. He waits for us to ask Him, 
since He made that the condition. 

So if you want to see souls saved 
on the mission fields, don't just send 
us out and give your money to keep 
us here. Get into the battle yourself. 
"Ask of me, and I shall give thee the 
heathen for thine inheritance." 
-From Heartbeat, published by Free Will 
Baptist Foreign Missions, March 1967; used 
by permission. ▼ 

to financial report appearing in issue 
of March 8, 1969: 

For Maitland, Fla., $407.17 instead 
of $33.75. 

For Margate, Fla., $1,162.01 in- 
stead of $1,535.44. 

May 17, 1969 


Gku/cctv News 

NEWPORT, R.I. G. James Dickson, 
former missionary to Puerto Rico for 
eight years has entered the U.S. Navy 
as a chaplain. He entered Chaplain 
School at Newport in early Mar. and 
finished the orientation course Apr. 
25. Tentative orders have assigned him 
to the Mobile Construction Battallion at 
Davisville, R.I. The Dickson family 
will move to Davisville during the 
summer months. Consideration of the 
military chaplaincy had been in Mr. 
Dickson's mind since his graduation 
from seminary as he felt it afforded 
an opportunity to be near young men 
during the years they are usually with- 
out a witness of Christ. 

LANSING, MICH. A "Mr. and Mrs. 
Calvin Arnold Sunday" was held on 
Mar. 9, in honor of Mr. Arnold, who 
has assisted in the Lansing work for 
over two years while attending Michi- 
gan State University. Mr. Arnold 
preached in the morning service on the 
theme "Occupy Till I Come." At a 
reception following the evening service, 
he was given $ 1 50 worth of books. 
While attending the university, he was 
granted the PhD degree in horticulture, 
and was licensed to the ministry of the 
NFBC. He has accepted a position 
with the University of Florida, and is 
hoping to establish a Bible class in that 
area. Randall E. Poyner, pastor. 

and Prayer page of the Brethren Mis- 
sionary Herald has been discontinued. 
In order to keep the requests more 
current, the information will go out by 
first class mail during the first week 
of each month. This will guarantee 
the updated information reaching the 
pastor and local WMC president in 
time for the fifteenth-day-of-the-month 
prayer meetings. 

GRAFTON, W.VA. The spring 
youth rally of the Allegheny District 
was held in the First Brethren Church 
Mar. 21-22. It was the largest rally in 
the history of the district. Paul L. 
Mohler, pastor. 

MARTINSBURG, PA. Mr. and Mrs. 
Harry Replogle celebrated their 60th 
wedding anniversary Mar. 31. Mr. and 
Mrs. Edgar Stern observed their 50th 
wedding anniversary on Jan. 16. Wil- 
liam H. Snell, pastor. 

IMPORTANT! The "best price 
period" for ordering 1970 church of- 
fering envelopes ends June 30. A bro- 
chure has been mailed to all pastors, 
and church financial officers are en- 
couraged to place their orders prompt- 
ly with the Herald Co. Remember 
that all proceeds from your orders are 
used to expand the free literature min- 
istry of the Missionary Herald, and this 
ministry benefits our home and foreign 
mission program. 

DAYTON, OHIO. Howard Reed of 
the Basore Road Grace Brethren 
Church was listed in Who's Who in 
American High Schools for outstand- 
ing academic achievement. Russell M. 
Ward, pastor. 

RICHLAND, WASH. Three new 
members were received into the Grace 
Brethren Church Mar. 16, and two 
more joined on Mar. 23. The church 
has begun negotiations for property to 
begin construction. Nelson E. Hall, 

STERLING, OHIO. The young 
married couples' Sunday-school class 
made possible the purchase of a new 
outside sign for the First Brethren 
Church. Robert C. Combs, pastor. 

CHANGES. Please correct a pre- 
vious change for your Annual which 
was listed incorrectly in the Herald: 
Rev. and Mrs. Lyle W. Marvin, 1315- 
No. 19 N. Columbus Ave., Glendale, 
Calif. 91202. Other address correc- 
tions include: Rev. and Mrs. Harold 
Painter, 2804 Fullerton Rd., Rowland 
Heights, Calif. 91745. Rev. and Mrs. 
Richard E. Grant, 534 Forest St., 
Mansfield, Ohio 44903. Please change 
your Annual. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. A Bible con- 
ference with Dr. William Mierop on 
the Book of Philemon was held in the 
Geistown Grace Brethren Church on 
Mar. 12-14. Ralph Burns, pastor. 

KOKOMO, IND. Rev. Richard Sel- 
lers has accepted the call of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Kokomo to be- 
come pastor. He is now pastoring the 
Mottville, Mich., Bible Church. His 
duties at Kokomo will begin no later 
than Aug. 1 . Pastor Herman Hein will 
terminate his ministry June 29 and 
leave to establish a Brethren home- 
mission work in Alaska. A morning 
worship attendance record of 197 was 
broken Apr. 6 with 218 present. 

of Ministerial Emergency and Retire- 
ment Benefits, a service agency of our 
national conference, currently reports 
a monthly outlay of about $ 1 ,200 for 
21 pensions, including 15 elders and 
6 widows of elders. This indicates a 
steady growth made possible by con- 
tributing churches who pay 3 percent 
of their pastor's salary, and ministers 
who pay 1 percent. 


Notice of meetings to be listed in this column must be received 
for publication at least 30 days in advance of scheduled dates. 

Church Date Pastor Speaker 

San Diego, Calif. May 25-June 1 Henry Dalke Allen Herr 

Seal Beach, Calif. June 1-8 Thomas McClellan Allen Herr 


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structural deterioration resulting in 
unsafe conditions, the Conemaugh 
Brethren Church will soon be de- 
molished. An electrician discovered 
the weakness while installing some 
wiring, and the unsafe conditions 
were confirmed by two different 
engineering firms. Since the cost 
of repairs for the 52-year-old build- 
ing is impractical, the only course 
of action is demolition. Offers have 
been made by the local Church of 
the Brethren and Presbyterian 
Church to provide facilities for ser- 
vices. An attempt will also be made 
to preserve the basement for ser- 
vices until future plans are settled. 
The cost of demolition will be ap- 
proximately $5,000. The East, 
Allegheny, Mid-Atlantic, Northern 
Atlantic, and Southeast Districts 
have designated May 25 as Cone- 
maugh Sunday in an effort to help 
financially. Don K. Rager, pastor. 

We extend this call for financial 
aid to all our Brethren churches. 
Gifts should be sent directly to 
Rev. Don Rager, 115 Oak St., Cone- 
maugh, Pa. 15909. -Ed. 


Grace Brethren Church recently con- 
cluded a week of meetings with Rev. 
Howard Estep, radio evangelist and 
prophetic speaker. There were ten de- 
cisions recorded, and capacity crowds 
were in attendance. James S. McClel- 
lan, pastor. 

FINDLAY,OHIO. The Lord blessed 
the Findlay Brethren Church in meet- 
ings Apr. 2-4, with Fred Fogle as guest 
speaker. Easter Sunday services were 
attended by 181 in Sunday school and 
185 in the morning worship service. 
Glenn Coats, pastor. 

JOHNSTOWN, PA. The Riverside 
Brethren Church appeared to be hold- 
ing sit-in demonstrations over the East- 
er holidays. On Easter Sunday all pre- 
vious records were shattered with 254 
present in the morning worship ser- 
vice. For the Apr. 3 communion ser- 
vice, so many were in attendance that 
the basement was filled to capacity and 
some sat in the overflow room and on 
the stairs. These Brethren were "dem- 
onstrating" their love for the Lord. 
Don Rough, pastor. 

speakers included David Salameh, Arab 
missionary to Jews and Arabs in Haifa, 
Israel; Lewis Entz, Sudan Interior Mis- 
sions, and Hiley Rainer, Far East 
Broadcasting Co., who are building 
transmitters for missions broadcasting 
while on furlough in this area. On Mar. 
30, a special film on the Apollo 8 
flight along with a message on the 
Second Coming was attended by a 
long-time high of 126. Simon Toroian, 


Fetterhoff held an evangelistic crusade, 
Mar. 29-Apr. 6 at the Ankenytown 
Grace Brethren Church. The evening 
attendance averaged 165, with over 40 
decisions recorded. A new high in 
attendance on Easter was 270 in Sun- 
day school and 294 in the morning 
service. Larry K. Gegner, pastor. 

SAN JOSE, CALIF. Five young 
people and their sponsors spent Easter 
vacation laboring for the Lord at the 
Brethren mission at Tijuana. They 
financed their way for the trip by 
faithfully cleaning the church each 
week— they were paid $30 a month for 
their services. Lew Ingwaldson, pas- 

ROANOKE, VA. The Ghent Breth- 
ren Church has established a family 
prayer meeting with four groups all 
meeting on Wednesday. A Good News 
Club was formed for children, an SMM 
for girls, a Brigade for boys, and a 
Bible study group for adults. It began 
with an attendance of 45 in Jan. and 
reached a high of 108 in the service be- 
fore Easter. A new goal of 125 has 
been set. This program puts all the 
emphasis on one night, and helps elimi- 
nate the transportation problem. Ken- 
neth L. Teague, pastor. 

ALTO, MICH. We praise the Lord 
for an average attendance of 95 for 
revival services with Allen Herr. There 
were nine decisions during the meet- 
ings, and three on the following Sun- 
day. The church has voted to put car- 
pet in the parsonage and to secure 
plans for a new church building to 
seat approximately 300. C. A. Flowers, 

GARDENA, CALIF. Bill Stevens 
will shortly be terminating his minis- 
try at the Grace Brethren Church of 
Gardena. His plans for the future are 

Chaplain John W. Schumacher, Major, 
US Army, has received his Regular 
Army classification. The granting of 
this classification was unusual since 
two NFBC chaplains already have this 
status. Also, it was processed in a far 
shorten time than is usually required. 

BOTHELL, WASH. Rev. Donald 
Bishop has resigned as pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Bible Church. 

ert L. Saucy, who is professor of sys- 
tematic theology at Talbot Theological 
Seminary and who is currently trans- 
lating for the New American Standard 
Version of the Bible, is lecturing at the 
Westminster Brethren Church on Chris- 
tian ethics. The series began in Janu- 
ary and continued through March. 
During 1968 a total of 136 first-time 
decisions were made in church services 
here. Sixty first-time decisions were 
made through the calling program and 
77 baptisms have been witnessed. 
Douglas E. Bray, pastor. 

HANOVER, PA. Rev. Paul G. Haw- 
baker is the temporary minister for the 
Grace Brethren Church here. His ad- 
dress is R. R. 6, Hagerstown, Md. 

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COVINGTON, OHIO. During re- 
cent meetings with Allen Herr, there 
were 13 decisions to receive Christ as 
Saviour, 14 rededications, and one for 
assurance. After pre-service prayer one 
night, Pastor Ralph Miller led an 11 
year-old boy to the Lord. That same 
night, six more accepted Christ in the 

SOUTH BEND, IND. A record at- 
tendance of 257 attended a musical 
program Sunday evening, Mar. ^.fea- 
turing Mrs. Bertha Norman of South 
Bend. A Sunday-school attendance 
record of 136 also topped the previous 
high of 124 set a year ago. Other 
projects of the church include re- 
modeling in the church and the start 
of a new choir. Scott Weaver, pastor. 

CONEMAUGH, PA. The East Dis- 
trict youth committee gave $100 to 
the Grace College library fund on Feb. 
20. Kenneth Koontz, district modera- 

SAN JOSE, CALIF. Rev. Llewellyn 
Ingwaldson has resigned as pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church effective 
July 9. He plans to return to the 
Brethren Navajo Mission as a teacher. 

WINONA LAKE, IND. A new pres- 
ident of the Oriental Missionary So- 
ciety will be installed at the 26th annual 
international OMS convention, June 
23-29 here. Dr. Wesley Duewel, veter- 
an India missionary will replace Dr. 
Eugene Erny, who has served since 

Sunday was Apr. 20 at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church. Thirteen laymen partici- 
pated in the morning and evening ser- 
vices. The project of the day was to 
receive an offering to support the 
Brethren Board of Evangelism. Rev. 
Robert Collitt, pastor, is president of 
the Board. $152 was received for the 

YORK, PA. Pastor Kenneth Wilt 
was issued a call for another three 
years of service. The church held its 
annual missionary conference Feb. 22- 
23, with Dr. Orville Jobson, Rev. and 
Mrs. Roy Snyder, Dr. and Mrs. Austin 
Robbins, and Miss Lois Miller as speak- 
ers. A get-acquainted, covered-dish 
supper was held on Saturday of the 
conference. A Baldwin organ was dedi- 
cated Feb. 16 and the service featured 
an organ solo by Mrs. Kenneth Wilt. 

NOTICE. The national ministerium 
took action last year that membership 
lists, whether or not the dues were 
paid, be sent to the chairman of the 
membership committee by July 15. 
Jack K. Peters is the membership chair- 
man, and his address if 4340 N.W. 
35th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

LA VERNE, CALIF. Rev. Forest 
Lance has accepted the call of the First 
Brethren Church to become pastor. 
Rev. Lance spent 23 years in full-time 
Brethren ministry, and was the first 
regular pastor of the Findlay, Ohio, 
and Anaheim, Calif., churches. He 
will also continue his teaching at On- 
tario High School. 

CLAY CITY, IND. Dr. Robert 
Clouse has completed five years as 
pastor of the First Brethren Church 
here. The Clay City Ministerium held 
its annual Union Sunrise Service in this 
church with over 200 in attendance. 



Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

BICKLER, James A., U.S. Army 
Sp. 4, was killed Mar. 16, in the crash 
of a civilian bus at Korat, Thailand. 
He was a member of the Silverbell 
Grace Brethren Community Church, 
Tucson, Ariz. Harold Painter officiated 
at the service. 

DRUSHAL, Raymond G., 61, 
passed away Mar. 13 after a brief ill- 
ness. Services were conducted by Pas- 
tor Larry Gegner at the Ankenytown, 
Ohio, Grace Brethren Church on Mar. 

HOCKING, George, 71, a member 
of the First Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, Calif., and father of David 
Hocking, pastor of the church, and 
Donald Hocking, Brethren missionary 
to Africa, went to be with the Lord 
Mar. 24. He was an active member of 
the First Brethren Church since 1924 
serving as a deacon and trustee. Dur- 
ing the early years of the church under 
Dr. Louis S. Bauman, Mr. Hocking was 
especially helpful in the area of trans- 
portation. Services were held Mar. 27 
with Dr. Charles W. Mayes and Rev. 
Charles Beatty officiating. 

McELROY, Mrs. Merle, 80, a mem- 
ber of the Danville, Ohio, Brethren 
Church for 14 years passed away Mar. 
19. Edward Wingard, pastor. 

LAMBERT, Hebron J., 70, a long- 
time member of the North Riverdale 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, went 
to be with the Lord Feb. 25 after a 
long illness. Jesse B. Deloe, pastor. 

ROBERTS, James M., of the Long 
Beach, Calif., First Brethren Church, 
departed to be with the Lord Mar. 24 
after a long illness. David L. Hocking, 

ROUSH, Huldah, 83, a deaconess 
and faithful charter member of the 
First Brethren Church of Clay City, 
Ind., went to be with the Lord Mar. 
9. Robert Clouse, pastor. 

WHEATON, Sinia, 86, a member of 
the Danville, Ohio, Brethren Church 
passed away Mar. 18 after an extended 
illness. Edward Wingard, pastor. 

WOGAMAN, Carrie, 71 , passed into 
the Lord's presence on Feb. 22. She 
was a faithful member of the North 
Riverdale Brethren Church, Dayton, 
Ohio. Jesse B. Deloe, pastor. 

WORKMAN, Ora Belle, 87, a long- 
time member of the Danville, Ohio, 
Brethren Church went to be with the 
Lord Mar. 22. Edward Wingard, pastor. 

Weddina dwells 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Kay Elaine Durkee and Linn Charles 
Shorb, Dec. 7, Ireland Road Grace 
Brethren Church, South Bend, Ind. 

Nancy Oyler and Rev. Clyde J. 
Caes,Dec.21, Vandalia Grace Brethren 
Church, Vandalia, Ohio. 

Janice Brown and James Zirkel, 
Feb. 28, Grace Brethren Church, Mans- 
field, Ohio. 

Mary June Sorensen and Gerald 
Eugene Kester, Mar. 8, Los Altos 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Yolanda Eidt and Paul Kinn, Mar. 
15, Findlay Brethren Church, Findlay, 

Bette Anne Cook and J. Thomas 
Weber, Mar. 15, First Brethren Chiych, 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

Charlene Nancy Orr and Mark Ray- 
ford Landmon, Mar. 28, First Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Nancy Hoover and Fred Shiffer, 
Apr. 12, First Brethren Church, Ritt- 
man, Ohio. 


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NEW YORK (EP)-Controversial Bishop James A. Pike announced he was leaving the Episcopal Church 
and the institutional church in general. Announcement of the decision appeared in a by-lined Look maga- 
zine article dated April 29. 

Bishop Pike-saying he henceforth wants to be known as Dr. Pike or Jim Pike-explained that he does 
not plan to join another church or form a new one. He, his new wife, and some others have formed a 
"Church alumni foundation" to deal with religious concerns. 

The resigned bishop of the diocese of California said: "A believing hope has been reborn in quitting 
the institutional church. Such a hope formerly held for and within the church," he wrote, "has gone 

A fellow of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions in Santa Barbara, Calif., since 1966, 
the bishop accused the establishments of Christianity of evidencing a "credibility gap," a "relevance gap" 
and a "performance gap." He attributed an increase of "Church alumni" to these gaps. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)-The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on whether 
state-furnished low-cost financing to a sectarian college violates the U.S. Constitution's First 
Amendment prohibiting state aid to religion. 

A case dealing with this issue has not heretofore been decided by the Court. 

Currently under discussion is the Educational Buildings Financing Agency Act of the state of 
Vermont. This act created the Educational Buildings Financing Agency "to finance buildings 
and associated facilities for any nonprofit university, college or secondary school in the state." 

The case now before the U.S. Supreme Court arose when Daulton Mann, head of the Vermont 
Financing Agency refused to execute a plan approved by the agency to aid a building program of 
the College of St. Joseph the Provider (a Roman Catholic school), at Rutland, Vermont accord- 
ing to the Baptist Public Affairs office here. 

CINCINNATI, OHIO (EP)-Evangelical movements throughout the world were described in a wide 
range of views from "standing in Jeopardy" to "enjoying a new surge of interest," at the annual conven- 
tion of the National Association of Evangelicals here. 

Nearly 800 men and women from many quarters registered for the 27th annual meeting of the evan- 
gelical agency which featured sessions centered on the theme of the Church-concerned, committed and 
conquering. ' 

"Evangelical Christianity stands in spiritual jeopardy," said Dr. Harold Lindsell, editor of Christianity 
loday. He said that a deterioration in evangelical theological views can be seen and predicted further 
moral and ethical decay unless evangelicals recover their "spiritual dynamic." 

Dr. Billy Melvin, executive director of NAE, told the registrants that there is a new surge of interest in 
conservative church movements. He added that increasing numbers of believers consider NAE "the only- 
viable alternative in this country today to the National Council of Churches." 

NEW YORK (EP)-A survey of the country's future priests now studying in 95 Roman 
Catholic seminaries shows that half oppose mandatory celibacy and that 40 percent would 
"definitely" or "probably" marry if free to do so. 

The poll also discovered that required celibacy for priests was an important factor in the 
high rate of withdrawals from Catholic seminaries, and it concluded that "if celibacy is a 
value to be retained, on this issue the seminary is failing." 

LONDON (EP)-"I shall never possess marijuana in my house again," said George Harrison of the 
Beatles after his arrest here. 

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Harrison said, "I just want to be left alone with the freedom 
to be an individual and to do my own work." 

The British musician and his wife, Patti, recently pleaded guilty to charges of illegally possessing mari- 
juana in their suburban bungalow. Each was fined $600. 

"This business has suddenly pinpointed a little thing in my life," Harrison said. "It's ridiculous. I 
don't need pot. It's not important to me." 

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The entrance to tomb 302 used in the Iron II (900-600 B.C.) and Roman Periods. 




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Dr. Davis pointing to a broken jug on the floor of tomb 

i Tell Tales 

Early on the morning of July 17, 1968 we 
walked slowly across the western slopes of the 
ancient city of Tekoa. It did not appear at 
that time that this morning would be any 
different from those which preceded it. The 
Arab workmen were busily digging through 
the rubble and soil attempting to locate some 
of the ancient tombs in that area. Little did 
we realize that within a few moments we 
would be standing in one of the largest tombs 
of that ancient cemetery area. Piercing the 
cold morning air was the voice of the Arab 
foreman of one of the crews, "Kabur, Kabur, 
Dr. Davis, Kabur!" The word "Kabur" in 
Arabic means tomb. The Arab was excited 
for he had located the opening to a very large 
tomb. We moved immediately to examine 
the entrance area to the tomb. Stepping 
down into the area trench, which led to the 
entrance I looked inside and was amazed to 
see a massive tomb chamber 21 feet long and 
many bones lying about the surface. 

The event described above is just one of 
many that characterizes an archaeological 
"dig" in Palestine. There are many factors 
that go into selecting such a site for excava- 
tion. Tekoa was chosen because it was an im- 
portant Biblical city. It is located west of the 
Dead Sea about 14 miles south of Jerusalem. 
The sons of Caleb and Ephrathah are said to 
have occupied the site and surrounding areas 
(I Chron. 2:24; 4:5-7). King David was 

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Dr. Davis (standing in the hole) supervising wo 

evidently familiar with this place and 
Ira, one of his mighty men, was from 
there (II Sam. 23:26). When David's 
son Absalom was exiled for the slay- 
ing of his half-brother Ammon, a "wise 
woman" from Tekoa was engaged by 
Joab to bring about a conciliation be- 
tween him and his father (II Sam. 
13:37-14:24). During the reign of 
King Rehoboam the city of Tekoa was 
one of a number of Southern fortifi- 
cations to be strengthened by this king 
(II Chron. 1 1 :5,6). The city of Tekoa 
is perhaps most famous because it was 
the home town of the prophet Amos 
(Amos 1:1). 

In later periods of history Tekoa 
continued to maintain its place of im- 
portance. During the Maccabean peri- 
od Tekoa was the scene of Jewish re- 
sistance to Seleucid control, and pro- 
vided a refuge for Jonathan and Simon 
(I Maccabees 9:32 ff.). Josephus makes 
mention of the fact that Tekoa was 
the site of a Jewish military camp dur- 
ing the war with Rome (Wars 495-6). 
Tekoa is also mentioned frequently in 
the literature of the Early Church, 
especially during the Byzantine period. 
A monastery, convent, and a laura, as 
well as numerous churches were found- 
ed at or near Tekoa during the Byzan- 
tine and Crusader periods. The city is 
said to have been sacked by a band of 
raiding Turks in 1 138 A.D. Today the 
top of the mound or tell speaks of 
such a massive destruction, its surface 
is covered with the rubble of ancient 
churches and buildings. 

First efforts to secure the tell for 
archaeological investigation were made 
by Professor Martin H. Heicksen in 
1964 through Sheikh Abu Sa'alim, the 

rk on an early tomb complex. 

owner of part of the northern section 
of the mound. This man is chief 
sheikh over all the Ta'amireh tribes, 
Bedouin occupants of the Judaean 
wilderness, who today number about 
15,000. Final negotiations leading to 
an official permit were concluded in 
the spring of 1968. The first excava- 
tions at this site were begun in July 
of that year in connection with the 
newly established Wheaton College 
Summer Institute of Archaeology lo- 
cated in Jerusalem. Professor Heick- 
sen served as director of that institute 
and the author as academic dean. 
Studies included extensive research in 
field techniques as well as Palestinian 
archaeology in general. In the month 
of July, the students and the staff of 
the expedition moved to the site of 
Tekoa to begin excavations. The staff 
consisted of Prof. James E. Jennings, 
Akron Bible Institute (Akron, Ohio), 
supervisor of Field I (the Byzantine 
and Crusader church area); Rev. Ron- 
ald G. Haznedl, minister of the Second 
Presbyterian Church of Aurora, Illinois, 
architect (and appointed supervisor of 
Field II, a cut through stratification of 
the tell, which was not accomplished 
during the first season of work); and 
the author, supervisor of Field III (the 
tomb area). Professor Heicksen, who 
has some twenty years of field experi- 
ence, was director of the excavations. 
The staff also had a household super- 
visor and nurse, a department of an- 
tiques representative, cook, geologist, 
architects and artists. Students from 
the institute were used in various ca- 
pacities during the summer. 

The author was given the responsi- 
bility of supervising the tomb excava- 

tions on the western slopes of the 
mound. We set up four basic goals for 
the summer in respect to this project: 
(1) To locate the cemetery areas ad- 
jacent to the mound; (2) To examine 
the basic types of tombs, as to— a. size, 
b. orientation, c. structural and archi- 
tectural features, and d. date; (3) To 
locate the Iron Age (1200-330 B.C.) 
cemetery ; and (4) To excavate as many 
tombs as time would permit. The pur- 
pose of such excavations would be to 
recover diagnostic material to serve as 
reference data for excavations which 
would be conducted on top of the 
mound. Several problems were en- 
countered during the summer in con- 
nection with this project. There had 
been extensive tomb robbing in the 
area which, of course, makes the work 
of scientific archaeology most difficult. 
Perhaps the most serious of the prob- 
lems was the danger of ceiling collapse. 
Because many of the tombs had been 
covered over by deep deposits of stone 
and soil, there was a great deal of 
weight on the rather weak ceilings. 
However, before tombs were entered 
and worked, a study was made of the 
ceiling condition in order that steps 
could be taken to prevent any serious 
danger to the workers. 

Work actually began in the tomb 
field July 16, 1968. The author, along 
with two assistants and two crews, 
consisting of approximately six Arab 
workmen for each crew, began work 
in limited areas on the western slopes 
of the mound. Each crew had one 
pick man, one hoe man, and three or 
four men responsible for removing the 
soil in baskets from the inside of the 
tomb and sifting it for small objects. 


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The first tomb studied was located 
about half way down the mound on 
the western side. The tomb entrance 
had been partially exposed by tomb 
robbers not too long before our arrival. 
It was clear to the author that the 
tomb had been hastily opened and 
robbed. There was, therefore, a good 
chance that many of the objects still 
remained intact. The first project was 
to clear the remaining part of the en- 
trance and to systematically study the 
contents on the tomb floor. The soil 
inside the tomb was generally dark and 
mixed with fragments of chalk and 
limestone. During the process of dig- 
ging on the first day, several broken 
clay lamps from the Iron Age II period 
(900-600 B.C.) were recovered as well 
as bone fragments, pieces of black jug- 
lets and many broken pieces of pottery. 
This tomb was important to us because 
it illustrated the type of pottery we 
should expect from an Iron Age tomb 
and it gave us additional information 
as to where such tombs would most 
likely be located. A study of the facing 
of the tomb and the tomb entrance 
were additional aids in locating tombs 
the remaining part of the summer. 

While the one crew worked on this 
tomb, the other crew began work on a 
trench which was about nine meters 
long and about two meters wide, de- 
signed to expose the rock underneath 
the soil and perhaps a buried tomb 
area. Work continued on these projects 
for several days. The probe trench did 
not prove fruitful and the crew was 
moved to the northern part of the 
mound to work in Roman tombs from 
the period of King Herod. The work 
in this area proved to be very interest- 

ing and productive. One tomb chamber 
yielded literally hundreds of large 
pieces of broken pottery. Evidently, 
this particular chamber had been used 
for storing cooking pots and other clay 
ware during the Roman Period. Of 
special interest from one of the Roman 
tombs were several different sized 
Herodian measuring cups, standard in 
use of trade and measurement at that 
time. These were made from soft 
stone, with a regular straight tapered 
body, and with square-shaped handles. 
Most exciting of the summer's ad- 
ventures, however, was the location of 
a very large tomb dating to the time 
of the prophet Amos. This tomb 
measured approximately 21 feet long 
and a little over 7 feet wide. It had 
8 chambers around it with pits used as 
repositories for burials. The tomb was 
designated TB302. It contained a great 
number of bones which were of im- 
portance for pathological study. For 
example, a number of the inhabitants 
appeared to have suffered from arthritic 
conditions. Further study of the 
skeletal remains will give us the age of 
those buried there, dental problems 
and other illnesses which may have 
been common in that day. Tomb 302 
was very important to us not only be- 
cause of its size and unique structure, 
but also because it produced a great 
deal of pottery samples. Also dis- 
covered in the tomb were clay lamps 
of various sizes and shapes, a small 
bronze spatula, several projectile 
points, and what appeared to be a 
broken knife blade. Some of the jug- 
lets and bowls were found intact. In 
one section of the tomb, broken pots 
were found around the remains of a 


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Pottery from the tombs at Tekoa. 
May 17, 1969 

human body. Although the bones had 
been badly disturbed it was clear that 
this was one of a number of burials 
on the floor of the tomb around which 
pottery and objects had been placed. 

In the remaining days of excavation, 
tombs like this one were studied, sur- 
veyed, photographed and mapped. 
This information, along with that which 
was gathered from the excavations con- 
ducted on top of the mound, the en- 
vironmental and geographical data, will 
be studied and correlated for Biblical 
and historical use. In years to come 
Tekoa should provide us with signifi- 
cant information about Judean settle- 
ments as they are reflected in the Bible. 
There are many mysteries connected 
with this ancient city of Tekoa. Last 
summer enabled some of these myster- 
ies to be cleared up but many still re- 
main. There is the question of the 
size of the city during the days of the 
prophet Amos and the exact location 
of the famous Prophetium of Amos 
during the Byzantine Period. 

The first season of excavations at 
Tekoa was exciting and productive. 
The tremendous amount of cultural 
and scientific data gathered from the 
period of Amos indicate that this was 
indeed an important site. The success 
of the past season can be attributed to 
two factors: (1) a well-planned training 
program for students and (2) the ex- 
perienced leadership of Prof. Heicksen. 
Plans are already underway for further 
tomb exploration in the summer of 
this year and it is hoped that large 
scale operations will be carried on in 
1970. Grace College and Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary consider it a privilege 
to have a part in these worthwhile 
programs. Students of both the college 
and seminary are able to pursue studies 
in the institute and join in the field 
work for full academic credit. 

The Tekoa project is one of many 
such expeditions carried on in Israel 
on an annual basis. Needless to say, 
archaeology is one of the fastest de- 
veloping sciences of our day. Since 
only about 4 percent of all the ancient 
mounds in Palestine have been ex- 
plored, there is no doubt about the 
challenges that lie ahead. Every year 
new light is shed on Biblical history as 
a result of such research. As we wit- 
ness the unending flow of new facts 
relative to events recorded in the Bible, 
we cannot help but rejoice in the amaz- 
ing accuracy and trustworthiness of 
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lever in history has a nation, as a 
whole, had so much materially as does 
the United States. Unemployment 
stands at a new low. Sales of cars, 
homes, televisions, and other luxuries 
are breaking records. Our government 
is seeking means to "cool off the 

We were told a few years back that 
if we could just somehow eliminate 
poverty, if everyone had plenty, then 
most of our problems would be over. 

But it hasn't worked that way, for, 
while we are the most affluent nation 
on the face of the earth, we are at the 
same time, the most beset by grevious 

Never have we seen so much dis- 
content, so much rebellion against 
authority, so much restlessness and 
lack of peace. Nothing seems to bring 
fulfillment, nothing brings lasting satis- 
faction. Homes, in many instances, 
are merely a place to hang clothing 
and get a few hours rest. Mothers 
and dads are working, the children are 
shifting for themselves. Is it any won- 
der there is a "generation gap," when 
thousands of boys and girls know 
nothing of parents who show them 
love and affection, know nothing of 
discipline and concern, have no one to 
turn to with their problems? 

A greater tragedy is that many 
Christian homes are beset with the 
same circumstances. Many Christian 
parents and children, instead of look- 
ing to Christ for peace and satisfaction, 
are foolishly trying to find these things 
in the materialism of the world. Many 
are like the people of Jeremiah's day. 
Of those people we read: "For my 
people have committed two evils; they 
have forsaken me the fountain of living 
waters, and hewed them out cisterns, 
broken cisterns, that can hold no 
water" (Jer. 2:13). Like the Israelites, 
too many Christians have bowed down 
to gods, which are not gods. God's 
people have ". . . changed their glory 
for that which doth not profit" (v. 1 1). 

Many of us have undoubtedly found 
it true that the things of the world do 

not bring the satisfaction our souls 
crave. It is possible to have every- 
thing our hearts could desire materially 
speaking, and yet have a home that is 
torn asunder by dissent, disobedience 
and hatred. We may pamper our chil- 
dren's every whim and desire, and yet 
see them go to "pot" because they 
find no real fulfillment in life, find no 
real reason for living. This is what the 
writer of Proverbs was talking about 
when he wrote, "Better is little with 
the reverent, worshipful fear of the 
Lord than great and rich treasure and 
trouble with it. Better is a dinner of 
herbs where love is, than a fatted ox 
and hatred with it" (Prov. 15:16-17) 

What about our homes, Christians? 
Are they havens, where our families 
come to find peace and strength in the 
arena of life? Or are we too busy with 
"keeping up with the Joneses" to be 
concerned with the real issues of ex- 

It would do all of us good to just 
stop, and objectively evaluate our pres- 
ent situation. Hebrews 13:5 reminds 
us, "Let your conversation [manner of 
living] be without covetousness; and 
be content with such things as ye 
have . . . ." 

Paul, writing to Timothy said, "But 
godliness with contentment is great 
gain. For we brought nothing into 
this world, and it is certain we can 
carry nothing out. And having food 
and raiment let us be therewith con- 
tent. But they that will be rich fall 
into temptation and a snare, and into 






many foolish and hurtful lusts, which 
drown men in destruction and perdi- 
tion. For the love of money is the root 
of all evil: which while some coveted 
after, they have erred from the faith, 
and pierced themselves through with 
many sorrows" (I Tim. 6:6-10). Again, 
the Apostle Paul says in Philippians 
4:11: ". . . I have learned, in whatso- 
ever state I am, therewith to be con- 

Certainly, God richly gives us all 
things to enjoy. There is nothing 
wrong with having this world's goods, 
per se. It is in the abusing of these 
where we err. We need to remember 
to put the emphasis in the right place. 
We need to, "seek ye first the kingdom 
of God, and his righteousness . . ." 
(Matt. 6:33). And even if we are never 
rich in the things of earth, we can have 
true contentment, peace, satisfaction 
and joy. These are not found in ma- 
terialism, but this, many have not 

Let us turn to the One who can 
satisfy the needs of the human heart, 
the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us once 
again crown Him Lord in our homes. 
Jesus said, "Labour not for the meat 
which perisheth, but for that meat 
which endureth unto everlasting life." 
"I am the bread of life: he that cometh 
to me shall never hunger; and he that 
believeth on me shall never thirst." 
"... I am come that they might have 
life, and that they might have it more 
abundantly" (John 6:35; 10:10). 

Is your life a satisfying experience? 
Is your home a happy one? Is your 
family content? Commit your life and 
family to the Lord now! In all your 
ways acknowledge Him, and he shall 
direct your path. 

Perhaps the prayer of all of us 
might well be the words of Proverbs 
30:8-9, "Remove far from me false- 
hood and lies ; give me neither poverty 
nor riches; feed me with the food that 
is needful for me, Lest I be full, and 
deny You, and say, Who is the Lord? 
Or lest I be poor and steal, and pro- 
fane the name of my God" (AOT). T ' 


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By Joan C. A. Snell 

A housewife. Freehold, NJ. 

Standing in our hometown hard- 
ware store waiting for the young man 
to wrap the fuses I had just purchased, 
the radio on the counter, which was 
turned up full volume, broke in with a 
bulletin. My ears tuned in and much 
to my surprise or shock, call it what 
you will, the announcer was proclaim- 
ing across the airwaves the base where 
my husband worked was being closed 
down by the government. 

The young clerk looked at me hor- 
rified and exclaimed, "That's where 
my girl works." 

An inner peace crept over my heart 
as I stood there. Then with the assur- 
ance that the Lord was moving, I ex- 
plained to the clerk that that was 
where my beloved worked, too. I went 
on to say, "Praise the Lord." With 
that profound statement left hanging 
in the air and the young man left stand- 
ing there with his mouth open, I took 
my parcel and went home. 

As I stepped into the kitchen of our 
rented home in Pennsylvania and 
thought about what we had just heard, 
I knew without a doubt that the Lord 
was moving to perform His will in our 

At the table that night for family 
devotions, we asked for His guidance 
and direction and thanked Him for 
showing us that now was His time for 
us to move. We had felt that our ser- 
vice for Him was finished in that par- 
ticular area and we were not sure what 
to do next— so we waited! Never did 
we expect Him to shut down the air 
base to move us out. But with God 
all things are possible (Luke 1 :37). 

It wasn't a jump-in-and-start-packing 
sort of thing— we knew we were going, 
but not where and when. It was more a 

The months came and went and as 
the time slipped by, jobs presented 
themselves one at a time. Scott would 
come home and say, "There is an 
opening in Utah." So we would pray, 
"Lord, is this the one?" Then it would 
fall through and we knew that door 
had been shut. The four of us (includ- 
ing our two boys) would take each job 
to the Lord. In a matter of two years 
we had traveled by prayer to Georgia, 
Alabama, California, Utah, Texas, 
Ohio, and Oklahoma. 

The time was getting closer for 
Scott's particular job to be relocated 
and we could do nothing else but wait 
on the Lord. 

One morning while working in the 
office, a fellow worker came over and 
casually mentioned that he had heard 
of an opening in New Jersey and won- 
dered if Scott would like to look into 
it. "He took the bait and went fish- 
ing." Again we prayed! 

By this time most of our neighbors 
thought we were missing a few marbles 
; n the upper story, for we had continu- 
ally told them we were waiting on the 
Lord when they would ask if we had 
heard anything yet. This went on for 
two years. 

The phone call came through on a 
Friday after a three month lapse fol- 
lowing the interview. Scott asked if 
he could have time to pray about it 
and they were gracious, telling him to 
call by noon the following Monday, 
to let them know his decision. 

Once again we ran to the Throne 
of Grace asking the Lord for His di- 

Monday morning rolled around and 
with assurance in my heart that Scott 
would be directed of the Lord, I went 
about my daily tasks. 

At eleven that morning he called 
and told them he would accept the job. 
At one o'clock that afternoon the 

papers came through on his present 
job, which was being transferred to 

Once again the Lord had under- 
taken—on time. 

Time marched on and Scott went 
to New Jersey to work, spending after- 
work-hours looking for a place to live. 

We were at home praying not only 
for a home but for a church where the 
Lord would have us. Nathan, our 
youngest, was quite definite in his 
prayers. His heart's desire was a front 
porch and a back porch on our home. 
Fenton, our eldest, w,as asking the 
Lord for a shower in the bathroom. 
These may sound like trivial matters, 
but to the boys it was very serious. 
We each had our requests— if the Lord 
so willed. His Word says, "Call unto 
me, and I will answer thee, and shew 
thee great and mighty things, which 
thou knowest not" (Jer. 33:3). 

Scott commuted for three months, 
looking all the while for a place for 
his family. I was home praying for a 
house (for we had either lived in apart- 
ments or double dwellings) not fully 
realizing that a rented house is un- 
heard of in that area of New Jersey. 

The Lord spoke to my heart and I 
yielded my will to His and said, "Lord, 
if it's an apartment you want us to live 
in we'll accept it." Then once again 
the peace that passeth understanding 
encompassed my heart. 

Scott came home one weekend and 
asked me to call the moving company 
and make arrangements. We had asked 
the Lord if He would find us a place 
by June 11— we felt if Gideon could 
throw out a fleece so could we. 

I called the moving company and 
they copied down the information they 
needed. The secretary asked for our 
new address and I told her we didn't 
have any yet. 

She said, "You are moving, aren't 

"Yes," I said, "as soon as the Lord 
shows us where." 

There was a long silence on the 
other end of the wire, then she ex- 
plained she would send a man over to 
estimate everything. 

The gentleman was there in a few 
days and checked each room, as he 
went to leave he hesitantly asked, 
"Do you have a new address yet?" 

"No," I said, "not yet." 

"You are moving, aren't you?" he 
remarked as he stood there with a 
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"Yes, as soon as the Lord directs 
us," I answered him. 

The fellow took his hat and proceed- 
ed out the door, turned around and 
said, "Would you let us know?" 

On June 10, a Friday night, Scott 
called before coming home and said, 
"The Lord has given us an apartment 
on the first floor of a single dwelling 
in Freehold." 

We accepted this as from the Lord. 
We called the moving company and 
they recognized my voice. They were 
quite relieved to find out we had an 

The transition took place and the 
boys were disappointed to put it mildly, 
so was I. We murmured and com- 
plained to the Lord, for this apartment 
was not what we wanted. Although 
Fenton had his shower, Nathan had to 
share his front porch with the Jewish 
landlady upstairs, and this certainly 
didn't look like a house or even a big 
kitchen to me. The Lord kept us there 
for a year. It was a year of adjusting 
to a new environment, in which we are 
still in the process. 

Within a year after all our murmur- 
ing and complaining, the Lord opened 
up a house— for rent— just four doors 
down from where we were living. 

The house was being renovated in- 
side and out. We were asked what 
colors we would like the bedrooms, 
kitchen, and so forth. We were over- 
whelmed at what God had done. Here 
it was in all its glory, a testimony of 
His love. Our rented home with a new 
roof, new siding, new paint job inside, 
a front and back porch, shower, large 
yard and a gigantic kitchen with sun- 
light streaming through the window 
over the sink. The back yard is large 
and my husband has a garage, which 
was his heart's desire. 

The blessing of it all is that it is 
within my husband's one-job income 
and this, too, is an answer to prayer. 

"But my God shall supply all your 
need according to His riches in glory 
by Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19). 

How ashamed we felt of our com- 

The Lord has brought us through 
deep waters since we have been here, 
for it hasn't been an easy adjustment 
for any of us, but this one thing we 

"All things work together for good 
to them that love God, to them who 
are the called according to his purpose" 
(Rom. 8:28). ▼ 

and fe 

I have been a member of WMC for about ten 
years, and president of our local group for two 
years. It has been a great blessing and truly good 
experience to be a small part of WMC, knowing 
that we are all working together as Christian 
women for the cause of Christ. 

WOMEN— Some people seem to think that the 
role of a woman in this world is simply to bear 
children and be a helpmate to her husband. This 
is very good, but I feel that the Lord must have had 
other plans for us women, too. 

In WMC we have devoted, hardworking women. 
First, they are devoted to their Lord and are serv- 
ing in some area of the church. Second, these 
women are also devoted to their families. It en- 
courages me to see these women faithfully in 
church with their families. They are concerned 
that their children be fed the nutritious, spiritual 
food that the church gives. 

I believe that WMC is a vital part of the church 
because it helps women develop their Christian 
abilities and their desire to serve the Lord. If a 
woman is truly in the Lord's will, WMC is a very 
good place to get her busv for the Lord. 

MANIFESTING-The WMC theme (Women Man- 
ifesting Christ) is very appropriate because in II 
Corinthians 2:14 it tells us that we can make mani- 
fest the Saviour in every place. If you are like me, 
and don't get around much, we could very easily 
have an excuse for not taking the advice of this 
verse, but it is such a poor excuse. I find my tele- 
phone very handy if I really want to contact some- 
one. I can always find a place in my home where I 
can pray for a relative, friend or neighbor. 

CHRIST— Of course, our main goal and objective 
in WMC is to honor and please our Saviour Jesus 
Christ. Through our devotional Bible studies I have 
been drawn nearer to Christ, and as a result I am 
trying harder to improve my Christian life. On the 
fifteenth of each month we unite our hearts in a 
telephone chain of prayer. Also we are encouraged 
to have a family altar. I am privileged to be a part 
of WMC. 

—Maxim Salazar, Taos, New Mexico 

May 17, 1969 


Northeastern Ohio Theme Tells Variety 

On a bright, crisp, winter's day the 
Northeastern Ohio District WMC met 
at the Akron (Ellet) church, January 
27, 1969. Mis. Richard Placeway 
opened the meeting by leading the 
group in singing. Mrs. John Correll 
and Mrs. Charles Herr favored us with 
a special number in song. Mrs. Robert 
Holmes, assistant prayer chairman, led 
devotions using Ephesians 6:10-18 as 
her text. She encouraged us to be 
trained and prepared for the battles 
we face against supernatural powers we 
cannot see. We need to take all of 
God's armour that we might be able 
to stand. 

added to the ones previously handed 
out, and four groups were formed for 
the prayer session. 

Mrs. George Ripple, president, led 
in a recognition service honoring past 
district WMC presidents and SMM pa- 
tronesses. Two large posters were dis- 
played with the names of the ladies 
having thus served written upon them. 
We were privileged to have seven of 
these ladies present, and each one was 
presented with a corsage. 

After a bountiful covered dish din- 
ner, the afternoon session was opened 
by the program chairman, Mrs. Williard 
Smith. She led the group in singing 
our theme song, "Faith Is the Victory." 
A trio from the Akron Bible Institute 
presented several vocal selections high- 
lighted by an inspiring piano solo, 
"Come Thou Fount." 

A "Let's Get Acquainted" time was 
enjoyed as the ladies were asked to 
greet three people they did not know. 

The president called the business 
meeting to order and roll call was 
answered by every council in the dis- 
trict! There were 115 women present. 

<-\ Ai - 


Cuyahoga Falls won the attendance 
count with 42 percent present. 

Project, program and SMM reports 
were given by Mrs. James Kennedy, 
Mrs. Williard Smith and Mrs. Ruth 
Dunlap, respectively. The Council- 
ettes, issued at each rally, were dis- 
tributed by Mrs. LaVerna Orndorf, 
assistant editor. 

Mr. Merton Lambert, assistant to 
director and youth coordinator of the 
Christian Education Department, 
brought greetings from Winona Lake 
as he spoke of "Victories in Christian 
Education." He illustrated his message 
with slides showing the various tools 
of literature used in the work of reach- 
ing children, young people, and adults. 
Brochures from the Christian Educa- 
tion Department were handed out to 
each lady. 

-Mrs. John Armstrong, 

Northeastern Ohio District 

WMC Secretary 


Hat contest— Northeastern Ohio rally. 

"BIENVENU WMC" were the words 
written on a large sign that greeted the 
103 ladies of the Northeastern Ohio 
District upon their arrival at the Lyn- 
hurst (Cleveland) church for the Octo- 
ber rally. 

Not only did those traveling enjoy 
the beautiful variety in the colors of 
the leaves, but also a variety in the 
program for the day. A Parisian hat 
showing, a serenade from the Lynhurst 
WMC, an impromptu hymn sing, and 
the newly appointed missionary to 
Germany, who spoke about our field 
in France, were features of the meet- 

The project for the rally was to 
purchase a fire escape for the Chateau 
in France. Each lady was asked to 

Northeastern Ohio District Officers. Front 
row, I to r: Mrs. Frank Lindower, Mrs. Earle 
Cole, Mrs. Robert Wise, and Mrs. Williard 
Smith. Back row, I to r: Mrs. John Arm- 
strong, Mrs. Ernest Coast, and Mrs. Kenneth 

wear a hat depicting this theme. Three 
ladies judged the creations and it was 
decided that Mrs. John Armstrong 
from Wooster had the most beautiful, 
and Mrs. Frank Dubutz, Cleveland, 
wore the hat that best represented the 

After a good time of fellowship at 
the noon meal, our President, Mrs. 
George Ripple, conducted the business 
meeting. The Akron (Ellet) senior 
WMC had the most ladies present and 
each received a small framed picture 
of Christ. 

Rev. Roger Peugh, newly appointed 
missionary to Germany, favored us 
with a beautiful solo, "Burdens Are 
Lifted at Calvary." He then presented 
a very informative report on the work 
in France. A few weeks prior he had 
gone to Germany to look for a pro- 
spective place to establish a Brethren 
testimony and at the same time had an 
opportunity to visit the Chateau. He 
praised the Renicks and the Juliens 
for their fine work with the young 

As we departed from the rally, it 
began to rain reminding us of a state- 
ment the Prayer Chairman, Mrs. Charles 
Turner, made during the devotional 
sessions in the morning: "In all circum- 
stances of life, whether there be sun- 
shine or rain, joy or sorrow, we should 
rejoice and praise the Lord." What a 
challenge for us to show forth a VIC- 
TORIOUS life! 

-Mrs. Dale (Dorothy) Haidet 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

IF^ferc^ ^fcm&ii^m csrfP Hismipacstt 

Hi Girls: 

Here is another testimony from a former SMM patroness. Tfiis 
month we are hearing from Mrs. H. Leslie Moore, Grace College 
dormitory supervisor. 

Many happy memories are mine as I 
reflect on the years I spent as national 
patroness of SMM. During this time I 
had the privilege of working closely 
with girls who were dedicated to "do- 
ing God's will." It is a real thrill as I 
look back and realize that many of 
these girls are continuing this purpose 
in life as they work for the Lord on the 
mission field, in the pastorate, in the 

teaching profession, as nurses, house- 
wives—and so on. 

The energy and enthusiasm of youth 
have always appealed to me and these 
years proved to me over and over again 
that when these energies are directed 
in the way of the Lord, many things 
can be accomplished. We saw many 
bandages rolled for Africa, dollars given 
for higher education of missionary chil- 

dren and other missionary projects. 
Not to be minimized is the fact that 
these young women had many qualities 
that made for good leadership and 
made a going thing of SMM. 

I shall never regret these five years 
because of the impact they made on 
my life, drawing me closer to my Lord 
and Master through the devotional 
topics brought from month to month 

SMM Evaluation Sheet 

Every girl who has memorized a book of the Bible or read the entire Bible through 
must report the completion of her goal on the blank and send it by July 15 to Miss 
Donna Hawbaker, Box 702, Grace College, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. 


, have completed my personal goal of 

(1) memorizing the Book of _ 

(2) reading my Bible through 

during the past year. 





I am a: junior middler senior (circle one) 

I will be attending conference this year. Yes No 

My address is: 

Check one of the following: 

For memorization of a book 

$15.00 toward national youth confer- 

$ 7.50 toward material ordered from 
Missionary Herald Company 

Key necklace (seniors only) 

Two SMM sweatshirts— one green and 

one white 

For Seniors reading the Bible through 

Key necklace 

Living Prophecies 

A Christian book 
For Middlers reading the Old Testament 

Living Proverbs and Psalms 

A Christian book 
For Juniors reading the New Testament 

Living Letters 

A Christian book 

May 17, 1969 


and at our national conference sessions. 
These years also provided many close 
relationships with other women and 
girls having the same interests at heart 
and their fellowship through the years 
has been priceless. 

Since leaving the national work of 
SMM as patroness, I have still managed 
to keep in touch. For several years I 
was active in SMM work in the Sunny- 
side, Washington, Brethren church 
where my husband was pastor at the 
time. In this church there were three 
very active groups and a Little Sister 
group was also organized. When our 
pastorate was terminated there, the 
Lord called us into a special ministry 

as dormitory supervisors at Grace Col- 
lege. This position also brings us in 
contact with many young people and 
we praise the Lord for the years "of 
training" He has provided for us. T 


Give generously for this offer- 
ing .. . used for the higher 
education of three missionary 


President-Pam Edenfield, R. R. 2, Box 551, 
Uniontown, Pa. 15401 

Vice President-Sharon Magill, Grace Col- 
lege, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Secretary -Jane Hoover, R. R. 4, Box 4, 
Rittman, Ohio 44270 

Financial Secretary -Joyce Ashman, 602 
Chestnut St., Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Treasurer-Nancy Hall, Box 365, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590 

Editor-Donna Hawbaker, Grace College, Wi- 
nona Lake, Ind. 46590 

Patroness-Mrs. Robert L. Boze, R. R. 1, 
Box 224-D, Berne, Ind. 46711 

Devotional Program Chairman-Marilyn 
Vnasdale, Box 365, Winona Lake, Ind. 



Departing from Chicago, November 3, 1969, 
the tour will visit four of our seven Brethren 
mission fields: Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and 
Puerto Rico— in that order. You will see other 
Latin American countries as well. Arrival back 
in the USA will be on November 27. 

Cost of the tour will be SI 165.00 round trip 
from Chicago to Chicago. Tour director will be 
Clyde K. Landrum, experienced world traveler 
who led the first Latin America Tour in 1967. 
To guarantee a most profitable experience for 
each individual, the number will be limited to a 
maximum of thirty. Use the coupon below to 
register now. 

Flower clock in Vina del Mar, Chile, one of the places to be visited 
on the tour. (BMH staff photo) 


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Pick of the 
Vital Books 


Hudson Taylor and Maria 

J. C. Pollock (Grand Rapids, Michi- 
gan: Zondervan Publishing House, re- 
; printed 1967), 209 pages, paper, $1.95. 

This absorbing story fills a real need 
for a shorter, more readable account 
of the labors of Hudson Taylor. With 
his wife, Maria, he was the pioneer 
leader of the China Inland Mission, 
now the Overseas Missionary Fellow- 

While the classical biography, Hud- 
son Taylor, a two-volume work by Dr. 
and Mrs. Howard Taylor, has run 
through many editions, a very small 
part even of the Christian public has 
taken time to read its 1,100 pages. 

I would place this biography along- 
side those of Robert Moffat (Africa) 
and Ann of Ava (Burma) to be read by 
high school students who want the best 
in missionary biography .-Dr. Orville 
I D. Jobson, Winona Lake, Indiana 

The Sky Is Fallin 

Esther Loewen Vogt (Scottdale, 
Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 1968), 286 
pages, $3.50. 

Life in a rural community becomes 
much more interesting and exciting to 
the beautiful, high-spirited Mennonite 
maiden, Hannah Kliewer, when the 
Smith family moves into the area, and 
daring, handsome Dan Smith tries to 
crash Mennonite circles to marry her. 
Hannah is attracted to irreligious Dan, 
but Mennonites must be "separated" 
and marry only Mennonites, Hannah's 
father decrees; so the conflict in Han- 
nah's heart begins which ends only 
after the heartaches and trials of life 
bring her to a fuller understanding of 
God's wiD for her life. 

This is the story of the maturation 
not only of an individual but also of a 

denomination. The reader becomes a 
bit incensed with Mennonite exclusiv- 
ism which shuts out people because 
they are not Mennonites. Eventually, 
these barriers come crashing down as 
a result of events in the story, and the 
veil of social prejudice is lifted, en- 
abling Hannah to find a new perspec- 
tive on life. 

Although the story moves so rapidly 
that it makes the change of time seem 
abrupt in places, this lack is offset by 
the very interesting and realistic style 
in which it is written. Once begun, 
the book is difficult to lay aside, and 
at the conclusion it is difficult to be- 
lieve the characters did not exist. The 
story is especially interesting for teens. 
-Alma Heir, Montclair, California 

Tell it Like it Is 

Fritz Ridenour, editor (Glendale, 
California: G/L Regal Books, 1968), 
232 pages, paper, $.95. 

"And he said unto them, Go ye into 
all the world, and preach the gospel 
to every creature." But for new and 
old Christians alike, the question still 
remains: How do I witness? This book 
gives the answer. It is not an easy, 
four- to seven-step, sign-on-the-dotted- 
line, "You're saved!" answer. Instead, 
the reader will find a moving, vital 
analysis of witnessing. 

Using the concise paraphrase of Ken 
Taylor's LivingNew Testament, Riden- 
our focuses on the message as distilled 
in John's Gospel. Motivation and 
methods, attitudes and actions in wit- 

Any of the books reviewed 
on this page may be ordered 
from the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590. We pay 

nessing all come under close scrunity. 

Experiences of people from all walks 
of life are included. These impart 
greater insight into the wonderful na- 
ture of the gospel message and the 
ways in which it can be told. Witty 
cartoons effectively accentuate key 

Aimed primarily at the high school 
and college level, this book has value 
for older readers as well. It can be 
used quite effectively as a Sunday- 
school course, and the publishers have 
provided a teacher's manual for this 
purpose. If you want to avoid being a 
"witless witness," this is a book to 
read.— Daniel Hammers, Winona Lake, 


Moody Press's Devotionals are better 
than the usual run of devotional ma- 
terial. Some 1968 additions to the 
series are Guided by God (William 
Fitch) and God's Hedge (E. Margaret 
Clarkson). They run 61 pages and 
$.95 each. 

A His Reader 

(Chicago: Inter-Varsity Press, 1968), 
3 volumes boxed, 123, 104, and 92 
pages, paper, $4.50. 

Going beyond time-worn cliches, 
these articles from HIS magazine pro- 
vide a stimulus for further reflection 
and discussion. Prayer is not seen as a 
meal-time, bed-time routine, but as un- 
broken fellowship with God. Many 
forms of guidance are shown to be 
possible, not in following the right set 
of rules, but in yielding to the One 
who promised never to leave or for- 
sake His own. The Biblical view of 
love and marriage, although not ex- 
empt from distortion even in Christian 
circles, is clearly presented in the face 
of today's challenges of situation ethics, 
the new morality, the Playboy philoso- 
phy, and looseness and permissiveness 
from all sides. 

Inter- Varsity Press has done a great 
service not only to college students 
but to the general public as well by 
collecting these timely essays in an 
attractive format. A more practical 
graduation gift would be difficult to 
fmd.-Donald E. Cole, Deerfield, Illi- 

May 17, 1969 



By Ardis Parlin 


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"Well, here it is Sunday again and 
I'll have to dig up something new for 
the youth meeting tonight. Sometimes 
I wish I'd never said yes when the pas- 
tor asked me to help. It seems like 
some of these teen-agers do not care 
about spiritual matters and the things 
of the church. At times I'd just like to 
give up." 

Has this ever happened to you, "Mr. 
Youth Leader"? Well, the next time 
this thought crosses your mind remem- 
ber that you have a most vital and im- 
portant job. 

For many years a youth leader's job 
has been underestimated and passed 
off as a simple task anyone can do, 
but this is not true! The demands 
upon the youth leader are tremendous 
and require a man of passion and con- 
cern for young people. He must be 
ready on all occasions to meet any 
questions, problems or victories, and 
to respond as a man of the Word and 
an example before the teens. The 
youth leader must, by the nature of 
his responsibilities, be about five steps 
ahead of his young people. He must 
be alert, conscientious about the prob- 
lems of the day, an optimist, and al- 
ways within reach of a troubled teen- 
ager. "Mr. Youth Leader" must also 
be prepared to take the criticism of 
parents, who expect him to make up 
on Sunday nights, what they have 
failed to instill in their teens during 

-Mr. Aidis Pailin, a 1968 graduate of 
Grace Theological Seminary, is Northern 
Indiana area representative of Word of Life 
Fellowship, Inc. 

the previous years. He must be sure 
that there are not too many socials, . 
and that each teen-ager shows a proper 
amount of spiritual growth. On top of 
all this, he is often responsible to pay 
for any materials or extra socials, and 
so forth, which are not in the church 

But wait "Mr. Youth Leader"— even 
with all of these demands upon your 
time and finances, you are engaged in 
a most rewarding ministry. Rewards 
that never can be estimated in dollar 
bills, will be yours, as you see a teen 
grow in the Lord and become a suc- 
cessful, effective Christian. Yours is 
the heartfelt joy that comes when a 
young person dedicates his life to 
God's service. 

"Mr. Youth Leader," if you are a 
man of God, doing a job as unto the 
Lord— then hold your head up high. 
You are helping to mold the lives of 
future ministers, missionaries, teachers, 
lawyers, doctors, politicians, and so on, 
and this responsibility is of prime im- 
portance. You have a monumental 
task to guide these teen-agers in the 
Word of God, and with the guidance 
of the Holy Spirit your job will be one 
of success and joy. 

So remember— you are not fust an- 
other youth leader. You are the man 
of God called to your local church to 
perform this all-important task of min- 
istering to youth. Once realizing this, 
your leadership responsibilities will 
take on new dimensions, and your 
ministry will be one of joy and love 
for each teen-ager in your care. ▼ 


May 31, 1969 

grace mim mmt 




Camera Whirs at Lexington Dedication 





Bridging the Gap . 


What's Ahead for Lexington? 


Comforts, Yes! God, No! . 


Easter Sunday "Opportunity" 


Comparative Offering Report 


Who Are Our "Samaritans"? 


First Time for a Trumpet! . 


Church News 


We Need You! . 


Grace Denied Accreditation 


Interchange .... 


Renewal in D.C. . 


"Peter Didn't Leave A Will" 


If In Doubt, Go! . 


What Is Good Music? . 


Grace News .... 


Three Grace Teams to Tour . 


KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Harold Jones 

May 31, 1969 
Volume 31, Number 11 

Home Missions and 
Grace Schools Issue 


SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: 
$4.00 a year, foreign, $5.00. Special rates to churches. 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

The Editor Speaks . . . 

By Clyde K. Landrum 

Bridging the Gap 

Have you heard of the ceremony 
of the driving of the golden spike? 
Well, it was the occasion of the driving 
into the railroad tie the last spike com- 
pleting the joining by rail of the East 
and the West. It symbolized the tying 
of the two sections of the USA to- 
gether, making one nation. 

For too many years The Brethren 
Church has been two sections— East 
and West. We are all one in our beliefs 
and in our goal of reaching a lost 
world for Christ, but we have been 
separated geographically. The various 
departments of the denomination have 
endeavored to reach out from the East 
to be of service to the West, but dis- 
tance has made it difficult. 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
Company has for some time desired 
to be in closer fellowship with and of 
fuller service to our Brethren in the 

From Winona Lake, Indiana 

western section of the United States. 
We have talked, and we have planned 
concerning a way in which this could 
be accomplished. At last these efforts 
have come to fruition. With the open- 
ing of the Herald Bookstore at 3535 
W. Commonwealth Avenue, Fullerton, 
California, we have driven the last 
spike. We have bridged the gap and 
are now able to give to .the churches 
in the eleven western states the same 
fine service that for years has been 
given to the church east of the Winona 
Lake headquarters. We invite all to 
join with us to make this fellowship 

Benefit from this move will accrue, 
not only to BMH, but to all segments 
of our National Fellowship. As we 
carry on our ministry from Fullerton 
we will be advancing at the same time 
the work of all the boards of the de- 
nomination. This is our sincere desire 
and plan. This is just another in a long 
series of ways in which the Herald 
Company serves the entire denomin- 
ation. We stand ready to be of service 
to all and invite full participation from 
all. This is truly "our" work! 

Initial response to this move has 
been gratifying. Details of the opening 
of the ministry at "3535 West" were 
presented at an April 18 dinner meet- 
ing at Los Altos to pastors and wives 
and Sunday-school superintendents and 
wives of the district. To indicate the 
joint-denominational flavor of this 
work Jerry Franks of Grace College 
was the featured musician. The re- 
sponse to Jerry's presentation, and to 
the entire BMH program was outstand- 
ing! Comments such as: "This is the 
greatest thing you have done to date," 
"This will be of great assistance to us 

all," "This is an exciting move," were 
common. Indications were that the 
district appreciates the move and will 
support it. As Jerry and I moved 
among the churches and Christian 
schools of the district we found the 
same enthusiasm. We are gratified and 
are praising the Lord. 

Prayer is requested that the Lord 
will make this a mutually beneficial 
move. And, friends from east and 
west are cordially invited to stop by 
the store where a warm welcome from 
Managers Mab Graff and Dale Brock is 
waiting. The store opened its doors on 
May 19. Official open house for the 
entire Scripture Press facility and dedi- 
cation of the Herald Bookstore are set 
for June 6-7. Formal dedication serv- 
ices will be held at 3:00 p.m., Satur- 
day, June 7. All are cordially invited. 
We hope you can be with us! T 

to Fullerton, California 

May 31, 1969 


Brethren Missionary Herald 



What's Ahead For The 
Church?" was the question answered 
by the dedication speaker, Dr. Charles 
C. Ryrie, at the dedication of the new 
Grace Brethren Church, Lexington, 
Ohio, on Sunday, March 23, 1969. A 
total of 443 people were able to see 
and hear the speaker even though more 
than 100 had to be seated in the lower 
auditorium. This was made possible 
through closed circuit TV. 

Let us look at the background of 
the Lexington church. For a number 
of years the Grace Brethren Church, 
Mansfield, Ohio, had looked toward 
the direction of Lexington for a branch 
work. In the fall of 1965 the explora- 
tory work began and meetings were 
held to determine the interest and 
feasibility of such a branch. In Decem- 
ber limited services on a regular basis 
were started. 

The Fesco building was secured for 
the meeting place and by February 
1966 a full schedule of services were 
underway. The two men who served 
in the initial formation of the church 
were Rev. Carl B. Key and Mr. Russell 
Enzor. At this time I was a senior in 
Grace Theological Seminary and was 
praying for the Lord's will as to where 
He might place me to serve Him. 

In March of 1966 it began to look 
like the Lord was leading in some real 
blessings for this new work. The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council accepted 
the work as a national project. At 

Part of the 
Lexington, Ohio 
dedication congregation 

about the same time the district mis- 
sion board also appropriated some 
financial help for development of this 
new work. The Lord led almost im- 
mediately into the purchase of a two- 
acre location on the west edge of the 
city and soon I was called as the first 
full-time pastor. 

When I arrived on the field after 
graduation, the membership roll con- 
tained thirty-five names and the atten- 
dance was running sixty-five in the 
morning worship service. Brethren 
Minute-Men were called upon for their 
assistance and within one year the 
church location was paid in full. This 
goal reached, we were now ready for a 
building program and the Brethren 
Architectural Service was secured to 
draw a functional colonial building. 

It was at this point the first real 
obstacle appeared in our path of prog- 
ress. The plans completed, and the 
Brethren Construction Crew busy for 
another year on projects already ap- 
proved, we sought bids from local con- 
tractors. The bids, when opened, were 
beyond our estimates and expectations 
and beyond our ability to handle finan- 
cially. This opened our eyes to the 
value of our own Brethren Construc- 
tion Crew and even though the ground 
was broken, the Lord said at this point 
"wait" and the building was delayed 
one year. 

During the "waiting" period, we ex- 
perienced continued growth and the 
problem of space increased. On June 
1, 1968 the Brethren Construction 
Crew arrived and the building plans 
began to take shape. The Fesco build- 
ing in which we started the work was 
packed out for Rally Day on December 
1, 1968. Just seven weeks later, on 
January 19, 1969, we entered the new 
edifice with a record 212 present. For 

May 31, 1969 

the weeks that followed— up to dedication day, the 
average attendance was 180. 

Now that dedication day is behind us we return to 
"What's Ahead . . .?" And at this point we have the 
Brethren Architectural Service drawing plans for a 
40' x 50' two-story educational unit to be added to the 
south side of the present structure. It is our plan to 
secure the Brethren Construction Crew to add this 
new addition as soon as present commitments are ful- 
filled on other home-mission projects. The church has 
approved a progress program for the next decade, should 
the Lord tarry. 

The dedication day offering of $3,000 was a thrill. 
An even greater thrill has been the twenty-four first- 
time decisions among our young people during the past 
two weeks. A Pioneer Girls' work and Child Evangelism 
Classes are on the schedule for the year ahead. 

The building has been dedicated and it has been 
finished, but the church of Jesus Christ is not finished 
yet and the community of Lexington, Ohio, contains 
many prospects for His church. If we fail to reach them 
it will be the failure of men— for God assures success. 
"What's Ahead . . .?" A glorious future with God. 

Top right: The dedication congregation in the lower 

auditorium watching the service by closed 

circuit television. At right is the Lexington edifice. 


With 5% 

'The Brethren Investment Foundation, Inc. • Box 587 • Winona Lake, Indiana 

Brethren Missionary Heralc 


lady gave 
him the answer. 

Comforts, Yes! 
God, No! 

By John S. Neely 

ccasionally someone approaches us as to the "why" 
for the difficulty in reaching our Jewish friends with the 
Gospel, and of the apparent low number who confess Jesus 
as Saviour, Lord and God. Your staff of the Brethren 
Messianic Testimony constantly analyze our outreach in the 
Fairfax District, and since Sally and I have been on the field, 
we find ourselves, at times, having a "Neely" staff meeting 
to come up with some answers. 

There are reasons for the difficulty in our outreach to 
those in Israel which have held true for centuries— judicial 
blindness, blind leaders leading the blind, the traditions of 
the fathers, the stigma of being branded "Meshumah" 
(apostate) by friends, and fear of complete abandonment 
of the new believer by his family— to name a few. 

However, another answer was given to my probing mind 
as to the "why" by Mrs. M., a Jewish lady in her seventies, 
widowed several times, recently married again, who gave a 
philosophy which epitomizes some of the situations here in 
spite of our helpful, compassionate, loving interest. 

I was visiting Sam G., a man who has been coming to our 
blind classes for years. Mr. G. has heard a testimony to 
Jesus Christ many, many times through the messages, per- 
sonal contacts, and during his rides back and forth to meet- 
ings in our car, but Mr. G.-sad to say, is not only blind 
physically but is blind spiritually. At the time of this 
particular visit, Mrs. M., the woman with whom he boards, 
effervesced with comments on the kindnesses we have 
shown Sam. And she added some very flattering observa- 
tions of Pastor Neely-she made as if I had the beauty of 
Absalom (I never saw this in the minor), the wisdom of 
Solomon, the leadership of Moses, the patience of Job, the 
love of Jonathan, and the kindness of David toward Mephib- 
osheth. As she spoke, she was certainly building me up to 
be quite a "guy"! I'm partly of Irish ancestry and acquaint- 
ed with "blarney "-I wish I knew the Jewish word for it! 
Certainly, this high estimation of me should make this an 
easy contact for Christ, but you will see this is not so. 

Well, then came the news that almost rocked me in my 
chair. She looked over to Mr. G., then turned to me, and 
in her matter-of-fact way simply advised, referring to our 

May 31, 1969 

staff, "I told Sam the other day we can take their comforts, 
but not their God!" Now, I'm a man of a few thousand 
words, but believe me, this advice to Sam left me with an 
unusual speechlessness. When I regained "consciousness," 
the subject had shifted, but the statement was to be in- 
delibly impressed on my mind. It was then I knew what I 
suppose I had already feared was the reason for the utter 
disregard of an evangelical witness among some of our con- 
tacts, but she had said it more eloquently than I had ever 
thought in my moments of analyzing the situation. 

Physical comforts we give these in the Fairfax District 
in an endeavor to reach them for their Messiah, our Saviour. 
We pick up and deliver to our classes; we supply refresh- 
ments at our meetings, in which we take the place of serv- 
ants; we help to bear their sorrows; we offer emergency 
service for doctor and dentist appointments; we even assist 
them to move, if we deem it necessary. Over the years, 
Pastor Bruce Button has fixed their wiring, painted their 
homes, and made their repairs. Mrs. Button has labored 
hard in the Mission's residence to bring comfort to the 
blind folk, and others who might only be coming for a 
break in their boredom or for the "loaves and fishes." And 
Isobel keeps driving and driving and driving. Now, the 
Neelys belong to the crew of the "Comforters." 

May I continue on with Mrs. M? Several weeks after the 
above incident as I drew up to take Sam G. to a meet- 
ing, there stood Mrs. M. with him on the curb, all dressed 
up and some place to go. My heart jumped in anticipation 
of her coming to our meeting. However, my joy was 
short-lived for she asked, "Would you mind taking me to 
Beverly and Fairfax Streets? I am going to a meeting of the 
Senior Citizens." Mrs. M. was running true to form. She 
would ask for our comforts and we would give them, but 
she would not take our God! 

As we go, your missionaries in a Brethren work, to our 
Jewish friends in Los Angeles, we do so with the desire that 
there may be those who will receive the true comfort of the 
Comforter, the Holy Spirit, our Paraclete, because they will 
receive our God, our Saviour, our Lord! 


By Donald G. Farner, Pastor 
Opportunity Grace Brethren Church 

It was Easter Sunday, April 6, 1969, 
and the Opportunity Grace Brethren, 
Opportunity, Washington, took advan- 
tage of every opportunity and used it 
for a ground-breaking service. The day 
began with a new record worship serv- 
ice attendance of sixty-six. A special 
feature of this service was the presen- 
tation of the cantata "Hallelujah, What 
a Saviour" by the youth choir. 

The worship service was followed 
by a carry-in dinner. Mr. Lester Key- 
ser, the building construction super- 
intendent, with Mrs. Keyser were the 
honored guests for this Easter Sunday 
ground-breaking occasion. 

The ground-breaking ceremony be- 
gan at 4:30 p.m., but the rain showers 
began prior to this time. The rain 
could not dampen the spirits of some 
fifty people gathered for such a service 
and especially for some who had 
looked forward to this day for almost 
two years. The speaker chosen was 
Rev. George Christie of Grandview, 
Washington, president of the North- 
west District Mission Board. 

The special music and the message 
took place inside the McDonald Ele- 
mentary School and then the congre- 
gation moved to the building site for 
the "action." Those who were "where 
the action is" included the Building 
Committee Chairman, Gerald Long; 
Trustees, James Ahrendt and Arthur 
Bo wen; Sunday School Supt., Mary 
Hesseltine; WMC President, Louise Son- 
nenburg; Youth Group President, John 
Ahrendt; Construction Supt., Lestei 
Keyser; Speaker, George Christie; and 
Pastor, Don Farner. The most of the 
people crowded under a porch of a 
nearby tool shed to witness the event. 

Opportunity is a suburb of Spokane, 

Washington, and the work is a part of 
the relocation of the First Brethren 
Church. After sale of the Spokane 
church, the group met in the Oppor- 
tunity McDonald Elementary School 
for the first time on the first Sunday 
of June, 1967. Soon a location was 
purchased near the school property. 

Then began the process of establish- 
ing a Brethren church in this new com- 
munity. In the early days a canvas was 
made of the school area and a young 
couple was led to the Lord. The hus- 
band, Mr. Gerald Long, is our building 
committee chairman. More than 2,500 
homes have been contacted with gospel 
literature by our people. 

We feel we are fortunate to have a 
man like Lester Keyser to supervise 
our construction program. Mr. Keyser 
just completed the Grace Brethren 
Church of Mabton, Washington, and 
has either supervised or worked on 
nearly every new Brethren church in 
our district. He brings to us a wealth 
of experience and we know the build- 
ing cost will be kept to a very mini- 

Without the organizations of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council and 
the Brethren Investment Foundation, 
we could never undertake such a build- 
ing program. We are grateful to Breth- 
ren people across our Fellowship who 
faithfully support these organizations 
with their gifts and investments. 

Pray for us that we might live up 
to the name of our church "Opportun- 
ity Grace Brethren" and buy up every 
opportunity in this area where God has 
placed us. These are exciting days as 
we wait for our new church building 
to be completed-or His Church to be 
completed and the return of Christ. T 

Digging drain field. 

Beth Farner looks over the construction site 
with Lester Keyser, construction superin- 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Comparative Offering Report 

The Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc., Winona Lake, Indiana 
April 1, 1967-March 31, 1968 and April 1, 1968-March 31, 1969 

The gifts included in this report represent General Fund, Jewish Missions, Navajo 
Missions, and all other funds designated for any phase of Brethren Home Missions. 
Gifts designated for local projects, district missions, and other work extraneous to 
the Brethren Home Missions Council are not included. 



Accident, Md. . 
Aleppo, Pa. . . 
Cumberland, Md. 
Grafton, W. Va. . 
Jenners, Pa. . . . 

Listie, Pa 

Meyersdale, Pa. . 
Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills), 
Parkersburg, W. Va 
Pittsburgh, Pa. . 
Somerset, Pa. 
Stoystown, Pa. 
Uniontown, Pa. 
Washington, Pa. 
Westernport, Md. 

Total .... 












1 ,237.00 

1 ,344.84 


1 ,482.75 
















1 1 2.00 


$10,500.88 $9,356.32 

Altoona, Pa. (First). . 1,103.05 874.48 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) . 629.72 469.28 

Conemaugh, Pa. ...5,174.45 3,186.58 

Conemaugh.Pa. (Pike) 1,840.31 2,426.61 
Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) .... 1,753.73 1,166.89 

Duncansville, Pa. .. 1,023.50 932.74 

Everett, Pa 557.29 801.66 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. .. 976.37 2,143.75 

Hopewell, Pa 101.32 160.55 

Jefferson Center, Pa. . 4.37 3.95 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) 3,537.44 3,450.85 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Geistown) .... 310.15 261.99 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) .... 1,610.29 1,200.39 

Kittanning, Pa. (First) 4,756.71 5,109.67 
Kittanning, Pa. 

(North Buffalo) . . 172.14 114.65 

Martinsburg, Pa. ... 2,783.42 3,088.37 

District 687.66 3,107.14 

Total $27,021.92 $28,499.55 


Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
Fort Myers, Fla. 
Maitland, Fla. . 
Margate, Fla. . . 
Okeechobee, Fla. 
Pompano Beach, Fla 
St. Petersburg, Fla. 



Berne, Ind 

Clay City, Ind. 
Columbia City, Ind, 
Elkhart, Ind. . . . 

Flora, Ind 

Fort Wayne, Ind. 


Fort Wayne, Ind. 


Goshen, Ind. . . . 
Indianapolis, Ind. . 
Kokomo, Ind. . . 
Leesburg, Ind. . . 











1 ,900.42 






$7,859.07 $5,139.20 


1 ,046.00 






5,083.26 4,828.04 





1 ,546.36 






Osceola, Ind. . . . 

Peru, Ind 

Sellersburg, Ind. . 
Sidney, Ind. . . . 
South Bend, Ind. . 
Warsaw, Ind. . . . 
Wheaton, III. . . . 
Winona Lake, Ind. 


1 ,289.40 












Total $36,396.33 $35,393.57 


Cedar Rapids, Iowa 
Dallas Center, Iowa 
Davenport, Iowa . 
Des Moines, Iowa . 
Garwin, Iowa . . . 
Leon, Iowa .... 
North English, Iowa 
Omaha, Nebr. . . 
Waterloo, Iowa . . 
Winona, Minn. . . 






















$11,673.60$! 1,135.95 


Alto, Mich 749.10 998.34 

Berrien Springs, Mich. 199.38 416.69 

Hastings, Mich. . 10.00 . . . 

Jackson, Mich. . . 291.98 106.00 

Lake Odessa, Mich. 608.25 975.00 

Lansing, Mich. . . 877.72 1,127.68 

New Troy, Mich. . . 780.00 668.00 

Trout Lake, Mich. . 132.70 273.00 

District 3.00 19.00 

.... $3,652.13 $4,583.71 

Total . . . 


Alexandria, Va. . . 
Hagerstown, Md. 

(Calvary) .... 
Hagerstown, Md. 

(Gay St.) .... 
Hagerstown, Md. 


Martinsburg, W. Va. 
Seven Fountains, Va. 
Washington, D. C. 


Washington, D. C. 

(Grace) ... 
Waynesboro, Pa. 
Winchester, Va. 
District .... 












4,242.27 4,403.09 








$23,566.77 $24,883.20 


Albuquerque, N. Mex 



Arvada, Colo 



Beaver City, Nebr. . 



Cheyenne, Wyo. . . 



Counselor, N. Mex. 



Denver, Colo. . . . 



Portis, Kans 



Taos, N. Mex. . . . 








Allentown, Pa. 
Elizabethtown, Pa. 
Harrisburg, Pa. 
Hatboro, Pa. . 
Lancaster, Pa. 
Manheim, Pa. 
Myerstown, Pa. 
New Holland, Pa 
Palmyra, Pa. . 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

(First) . . . 
Philadelphia, Pa. 

(Third) . . . 
Souderton, Pa. 
Stratford, N. J. 
York, Pa. . . . 
District .... 

Total . . . 


Chico, Calif. . 
Grass Valley, Calif 
Modesto, Calif. 

Modesto, Calif. 

(La Loma) . 
Ripon, Calif. . , 
Sacramento, Calif. 
San Jose, Calif. 
Tracy, Calif. •. 
District .... 




1 ,056.00 





1 ,385.54 








1 ,743.20 

1 ,394.24 

5,417.00 6,091.95 

5.903.62 5,441.51 

687.00 750.00 


1,269.00 1,146.00 

67.00 11.00 

$24,693.76 $26,522.45 




1,385.40 744.00 

2,188.10 3,217.74 

716.31 486.82 

521.51 759.16 

248.50 61.00 

975.02 35.00 

£6,673.61 $6,370.22 


Akron, Ohio 

(Fairlawn) .... 1,059.08 897.85 
Akron, Ohio 

(First) 29.00 588.00 

Barberton, Ohio. . . 644.10 648.80 

Canton, Ohio .... 1,878.44 1,333.99 

Cleveland, Ohio .. . 615.32 557.29 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 1,038.12 649.35 

Elyria, Ohio 566.60 677.45 

Homerville, Ohio . . 1,950.05 2.557.97 

Middlebranch.Ohio 2,280.00 1,160.00 

Minerva, Ohio .... 307.25 208.00 

Rittman, Ohio. . . . 2,365.83 2,426.75 

Sterling, Ohio .... 1,084.38 1,086.09 

Wooster, Ohio . . . . 4,279.19 3,459.17 

District 487.33 




Ankenytown, Ohio 
Ashland, Ohio 

(Southview) . . 
Ashland, Ohio 


Bowling Green, 


Danville, Ohio. ... 
Defiance, Ohio . . 
Findlay, Ohio . . . 
Fremont, Ohio . . 
Galion, Ohio . . . 
Lexington, Ohio . 
Mansfield, Ohio 


Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville) . . 
Worthington, Ohio 

1,520.40 1,758.40 



2,701.00 2,184.50 











1 ,279.86 




4,828.05 7,776.61 


1 ,648.37 



$21,640.48 $23,219.41 

Sub-total . . 
Grand Total - 

Ohio $39,737.84 $39,957.45 


Albany, Oreg. 
Beaverton, Oreg. 
Bothell, Wash. . 
Grandview, Wash. 
Harrah, Wash. . 

826.50 704.87 

356.50 439.14 

452.12 116.00 

1 ,023.93 1 ,048.98 

271.66 101.22 

May 31, 1969 

Kent, Wash. . . . 



Mabton, Wash. . . 



Portland, Oreg. . . 



Richland, Wash. . 



Spokane, Wash. . 



Sunny side, Wash. 



Toppenish, Wash. 



Yakima, Wash. . . 



1 54.04 



$10,027.75 $11,792.09 


Atlanta, Ga. . . . 



Boones Mill, Va. . 



Buena Vista, Va. . 



Covington, Va. . . 



Hollins, Va. . . . 



Johnson City, Tenn. 



Limestone, Tenn. 



Radford, Va. 



Richmond, Va. . . 




Roanoke, Va. 

(Clearbrook). . 



Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) . 



Roanoke, Va. 

(Ghent) .... 



Roanoke, Va. 

(Wash. Hts.) . . 



Virginia Beach, Va. 



Woodbridge, Va. . 






. $9,738.49 





Anaheim, Calif. . . 



Artesia, Calif. 

(Lakewood) . . 



Beaumont, Calif. . 



Bell, Calif 



Bellflower, Calif. . . 

. 2,598.87 


Compton, Calif. . 


Colton. Calif. . . . 



Fillmore, Calif. . . . 89.00 281.35 

Gardena, Calif. . . . 969.80 335.25 

Glendale, Calif. .. . 840.83 618.96 

Glendora, Calif. .. 13.04 7.50 

Grand Terrace, Calif. 8.00 
Hacienda Heights, 

Calif 135.00 102.15 

Inglewood, Calif. . . 4,900.38 3,378.03 

La Habra, Calif. .. 587.15 629.56 

La Verne, Calif. . . 829.75 501.15 
Long Beach, Calif. 

(Community) . . 710.50 1,093.80 
Long Beach, Calif. 

(First) 9,329.45 8,730.30 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(North) 2,768.39 2,990.50 

Los Angeles, Calif. . 1,388.55 1,434.71 

Los Altos, Calif. . . 2,035.41 2,147.26 

Montclair, Calif. .. 494.20 221.00 

Norwalk, Calif. . . . 2,037.31 1,885.03 

Orange, Calif. . . . 632.70 1,150.20 

Phoenix, Ariz. . . . 1,496.60 1,179.94 

Rialto, Calif 642.04 643.95 

Rowland Heights, 

Calif 73.31 

San Bernardino, 

Calif 1,108.93 700.11 

San Diego, Calif. .. 267.70 473.46 
Santa Barbara, 

Calif 210.63 366.70 

Santa Maria, Calif. . 40.85 116.10 

Seal Beach, Calif. . . 478.44 667.59 

Simi, Calif 270.99 223.42 

South Pasadena, 

Calif 225.82 793.03 

Temple City, Calif. . 761.52 500.84 

Tucson, Ariz 149.85 222.25 

West Covina, Calif. . 307.06 389.97 

Westminster, Calif. . 1,082.72 2,576.43 
Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) . . 2,030.14 2,636.85 
Whittier, Calif. 

(First) 1,354.51 1,023.85 

District 6,037.61 1,373.52 

Total $52,840.32 $46,265.00 



Mrs. Frank (Jessie) Dunigan was 
taken home to be with the Lord on 
Saturday, April 26, 1969. Mrs. Duni- 
gan had undergone surgery on April 8 
to have a defective, plastic heart valve 
replaced and a blood clot following 
surgery proved to be fatal. 

Mrs. Dunigan was the wife of Pastor 
Frank Dunigan, Hacienda Heights, Cali- 
fornia. She would have been thirty- 
five years old on June 28. A Memorial 
Fund has been established for the 
Hacienda Heights Church. Rev. Duni- 
gan, a student pastor, will graduate in 
June from Biola and is looking forward 
to a full-time ministry. Your prayers 
on his behalf will be greatly appre- 
ciated—you will find his picture in your 
Home Missions Prayer Booklet on the 
page for the 13th day of the month. ▼ 

Brookville, Ohio. . . 



Camden, Ohio. . . . 



Clayhole, Ky. . . 



Clayton, Ohio .... 



Covington, Ohio . . 



Dayton, Ohio 

(Basore Road) . 



Dayton, Ohio (First 



Dayton, Ohio 

(HuberHts.). . 



Dayton, Ohio 

(North Riverdale 

) 3,075.41 

1 ,933.80 

Dayton, Ohio 

(Patterson Park) 



Dry hill, Ky. ... 



Englewood, Ohio . 

1 ,255.04 


Kettering, Ohio . . 



Sinking Spring, 




Trotwood, Ohio. . 

1 ,567.67 

1 ,538.56 



Vandalia, Ohio . . 

1 ,780.96 

1 ,373.06 

West Alexandria, 







.$23,686.35 $20,006.90 



293,555.41 286,322.16 


Grace Chapel , Hawaii 1 2.00 


Waimalu, Honolulu 


Puerto Rico 



National WMC . . 



National SMM . . 


Grace College . . . 

1 ,230.00 

Miscellaneous . . . 






TOTAL $308,526.43 $304,314.01 

Brethren Home Missions 
"Ups and Downs" 

By Frank J. Poland 

The 1968-69 fiscal year offering re- 
port for Brethren Home Missions is be- 
fore you. Only one glance at the totals 
tells you this year it is "down" 
$4,212.42 from the previous year. For 
the past six years the offering has fol- 
lowed the same pattern with three 
"ups" and three "downs" alternating 
each year. 

"Downs" cannot help but bring dis- 
appointment to a dedicated board and 
missionary staff. It will have a far 
reaching effect when new groups look- 
ing for help will need to be told, "We 
are sorry, but the offering does not 
permit us to include you in the budget 
this year— maybe next year." 

On the other hand, "ups" have a 
tendency to give an uplift to everyone, 
including the donors. It is a cause for 

joy when you feel your gift has helped 
to bring victory. 

The end of a fiscal year is like the 
closing of the polls on election day. 
We say the people have spoken and 
then the counting, or accounting, be- 
gins and everyone anxiously awaits the 
results. The results are published here. 
The Brethren people have spoken, and 
to a degree we could conclude that 
Home Missions "Lost." However, we 
then fall back on two words, "But 
God," and here is where we leave the 
results knowing that He did not prom- 
ise all "ups" and no "downs." 

Every gift to Brethren Home Mis- 
sions from everyone, everywhere is 
appreciated. Many have been sacrifi- 
cial gifts and "widows' mites" and the 
God who has redeemed us will reward 
you. ▼ 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

I am a pastor and prefer to remain 
anonymous. Not because I wish to 
forego the notoriety of this letter, but 
that you might read it objectively. 

I have been a Christian since I was 
"knee high to a grasshopper" and am 
acquainted with the Grace Brethren 
Church. Never for one moment in all 
of these years have I ever lived without 
some awareness to the responsibility 
of a Christian in our world. True, we 
as individuals and churches have never 
lived up to our fullest potential. Yet, 
I want to go on record concerning 

Some churches have great mission 
programs. They push missions overseas 
to the exclusion of the home work. 
Their missionary budget runs in figures 
of thousands of dollars, but their Sun- 
day-school attendance runs in a few 
hundreds. Many other churches, sad 
to say, do nothing at all in the area of 
missions. I suppose that if one were to 
make a decision between these two 
positions, it would be better to push 
the former rather than the latter. But 
that is not the option! Neither of these 
positions is true to the Scriptures. 

I believe the greatest missionary 
passage of Scripture is found in the 
Book of Acts, chapter 1, verse 8. We 
are told to be witnesses BOTH at home 
AND abroad. The clear teaching of 
the Word of God is that missions is a 
balanced program. 

What are home missions? The es- 
tablishing of Brethren churches first 
and foremost, and then ministering to 
minority groups outside the reach of 
the local churches such as the Ameri- 
can Indian, the Spanish- American, the 
Afro-American, the Jew and other 
ethnic groups. We are familiar with 
these because our Fellowship of 
churches is involved in a mission pro- 
gram with them. But, take another 
look at Acts 1:8 with me. This aspect 
of home missions as you and I know 
it fulfills that part of Christ's com- 
mand that said, "In Samaria." 

In Samaria: All one has to do is 
follow Jesus in John, chapter 4, to 
realize what Samaria meant to Him. 
"He must needs go through Samaria" 
because it was a neglected field! To 
the Jewish people, the Samaritans were 
a minority group and they refused to 
have anything to do with them. Here 
the Bible teaches clearly that we have 
the answer for the problem of our 

society and we have a responsibility in 
this very important area. 

In Jerusalem: Jesus put great em- 
phasis upon the home base. He re- 
minded His disciples of their responsi- 
bility at home. All we have to do is 
look around and see for ourselves the 
sad results of churches and countries 
who have forsaken a strong home base 
program. Look at the nation of Eng- 
land! A hundred years ago the greatest 
missionary thrust came from this coun- 
try. You and I still marvel and are 
moved by the Holy Spirit through the 
writings of great English preachers like 
Charles Haddon Spurgeon and mis- 
sionaries like William Carey. But look 
at England today! When the base be- 
gan to crumble, the tower of missions 
began to fall. 

The Uttermost Part of the Earth: 
Here I believe is the admonition to 
mission work outside of our own local 
and adjacent communities. We also 
have a responsibility to go with the 
Gospel across the seas. And this we 

Who Are 


have done! But, have we done it to the 
exclusion of a Biblical command to 
promote missions BOTH at home AND 


There may be a number of reasons 
for this imbalance. I believe in mis- 
sions and I believe it to be the responsi- 
bility of the church to promote mis- 
sions. This is our God-given responsi- 
bility! This is a command from Christ. 
We have no option! We must either 
carry out His orders or disobey and 
face our court-martial at the judgment 
seat of Christ for Christians. May I 
just share with you some of the reasons 
why I feel we have not supported a 
strong home-based program? 

1. It is a way of alleviating our 
guilt. Many people will give hundreds 
and even thousands of dollars to mis- 
sions in order to "feel good" about not 
witnessing to anybody at home. Our 
government allows them to give away 
a stipulated amount of money as tax- 

exempt. So they are really not giving 
up anything at all. They are simply 
taking money that the government 
would extract from them anyway and 
using the option to give it away. 

2. It is a misplaced emphasis. Some 
say there is less glory associated with 
home missions compared to the foreign 
field. There is a lot of reality in serving 
as a home missionary. It is just plain 
hard work to talk to my friends, and 
loved ones, and neighbors about Jesus 
Christ. It puts me on the spot. It 
bothers me. It makes me nervous be- 
cause I have to evaluate the type of 
commitment I have. I believe it is time 
we placed an equal emphasis upon 
missions. Begin now to establish new 
churches in what is fast becoming the 
greatest and most needy mission field 
in the world— the United States of 

3. It is a misunderstanding of the 
Scriptures. God has promised to bless 
on the basis of an understanding of the 
Word. He will not bless what the Word 
of God does not say. I believe that 
Acts 1:8 teaches clearly that missions 
involves three major areas of responsi- 
bility. The first area is Jerusalem for a 
strong home base. The second major 
area is to the people who live adjacent 
to our home-based program. And in 
our society, it is no different than it 
was in the day of Jesus. There were 
millions of people represented by the 
minority groups in His day just as 
there are millions in our day. Only, 
the shoe has changed feet. In Jesus' 
day the Jew was a major people; today, 
they are a minority people; yet they 
are still people without Jesus Christ! 
And as I write this article we have a 
tremendous need in our own Jewish 
work. We have just three people, at 
the present moment, ministering to the 
needs of God's people, the Jew. It is 
difficult for me to say that we as a 
Fellowship of churches are fully com- 
mitted to missions and to have this 
situation exist in our own mission pro- 
gram. The third major area is to the 
rest of the people of our world. 

God has never failed to bless His 
Word. But it is our responsibility to 
"rightly divide the Word of Truth." 
God has given us His Holy Spirit to 
lead us in understanding His Word. A 
half-million dollars for Home Missions! 
You say, WHY? As a burdened and 
concerned Christian in the year 1969 I 
ask you-WHY NOT? ▼ 

May 31, 1969 


The First Time for a Trumpet ! 

It was the first time a trumpet had 
been used to play the National Anthem 
in Dodger Stadium. This is on the 
authority of the management. It was 
Jerry Franks' privilege to be the first 
to do it. And he did it very well. Fol- 
lowing the playing of the National 
Anthem, Franks also played the charge 
for the Los Angeles Dodger players to 
take the field. 

The loudspeaker came alive at 7:59 
p.m. with the statement: "The National 
Anthem will be played tonight by Mr. 
Jerry Franks, Artist in Residence, Grace 
College, Winona Lake, Indiana." A 
similar message appeared in lights on 
the massive Stadium board. In center 
field stood Jerry Franks playing on his 
trumpet, as umpires stood at attention 
and the loyal Dodger fans were quiet. 

The trumpet sound was sharp and 
clear. As the last note was sounded a 
cheer went up from the crowd. The 
charge was played, the fans responded, 
the Dodger players took the field and 
the game was under way. 

This was only one of the oppor- 
tunities that Jerry Franks had on his 
trip to Southern California, sponsored 
by the Brethren Missionary Herald. It 

pany. The big news was the announce- 
ment of plans for the opening of the 
new bookstore at Fullerton, California 
—dealt with as a "bridging-the-gap" 
ministry on the part of the Herald 
Company. Another topic of interest 
was the new printing plant in Winona 
Lake. There seemed to be great en- 
thusiasm for these and other BMH 

The message on the massive announcement board as Jerry Franks played. 

was the occasion of many good con- 
tacts. The main purpose for the trip 
was the appearance at a BMH dinner 
meeting in the Los Altos Brethren 
Church. This proved to be a very fine 
time of fellowship with pastors and 
wives, and Sunday-school superintend- 
ents and wives of the district as General 
Manager, Clyde K. Landrum and BMH 
board president, Ralph J. Colburn, out- 
lined the program of the Herald Com- 

In addition to these opportunities, 
Mr. Franks ministered to church 
groups, college, high school, and grade 
school convocations, as well as appear- 
ing on KBBI radio for an interview. 
Others who assisted in arranging the 
full schedule of activities were Rev. 
Harold Penrose and Rev. Stanley Jen- 
sen. Mrs. Marlene Inlow served as ac- 
companist for Jerry Franks. All in all, 
it was a fine week of activities. y 

Jerry Franks as he played the National 
Anthem at Dodger Stadium. 

(L to R) Stanley Jensen, Jerry Franks, Clyde Landrum, and Harold 

Penrose met and talked with Los Angeles Dodger Manager Walter Alston (center). 


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Lsiu/tck/ News 

L to R standing: Robert Combs, Melvin 
Hobson.True Hunt, Dean Risser, and Shimer 
Darr. Kneeling is Donald Marken. 

COOLVILLE, OHIO. The ordina- 
tion service of Pastor Donald M. Mark- 
en was attended by 71 persons at the 
Grace Brethren Church Mar. 28. Rev. 
Shimer E. Darr from Washington, Pa., 
preached the ordination sermon. There 
was a reception following the service. 

Herman Koontz is planning to start 
a Brethren work this fall in Daytona 
Beach, Fla. He would appreciate re- 
ceiving the names of persons living in 
this area. Send names to him, 774 
Fern Park Blvd., Lot 27, Fern Park, 
Fla. 32730. 

class of the Grace Brethren Church 
distributed 600 copies of Good News 
for Modem Man in the Krannert YMCA 
area of Indianapolis on Apr. 27. Mayor 
Lugar proclaimed that day as "Good 
News Sunday," and churches through- 
out the city distributed 220,000 copies 
of the modern language New Testa- 
ment. Jerry R. Young, pastor. 

LONDON, ENGLAND. At the con- 
clusion of the recent LeTourneau Col- 
lege tour to the Middle East, Dr. Paul 
Bauman remained in England for a 
week of speaking engagements at 
churches in Greater London. The 
meetings were prophetic in nature and 
were sponsored by the Bible and Ad- 
vent Testimony Movement of which 
Dr. Frederick A. Tatford is the General 

May 31, 1969 

E. Kauffman, pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church, has resigned his posi- 
tion to accept the pastorate of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Myerstown, 
Pa. He will assume this work in 

uates of the Los Altos Brethren Church 
have an opportunity to spend June 
20-21 on Catalina Island as a gradua- 
tion trip. For a very low price, the 
graduates will spend Friday at Campus 
By The Sea with a private beach and 
sports areas. They will spend Satur- 
day in the city of Avalon. Harold 
Penrose, pastor. 

FINDLAY, OHIO. The Brethren 
Church held a farewell service for Mr. 
and Mrs. Wilmer Witt May 11. Mr. 
Witt has joined the Brethren Construc- 
tion Crew and began working May 5. 
His family will join him in the summer. 
On Apr. 27, five people obeyed the 
Lord in baptism. Glenn R. Coats, 

NOTICE. Chaplain James Dickson 
has left for his station in Puerto Rico, 
and will remain there for eight months. 
His address is: James Dickson, Grover 
J. LT, CHC, USNR; No. 751479, SN 
NCB-71, APO, New York 09501. 
Please change your Annual. 

PORTLAND, OREG. A farewell 
reception was held at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church for Rev. and Mrs. Duane 
S. Jorgens. A lace tablecloth was pre- 
sented as a gift. Mr. Jorgens assumed 
his duties as minister of Christian edu- 
cation at the First Brethren Church 
in Sunnyside, Wash., on May 10. Wil- 
liam H. Schaffer, pastor. 

LANCASTER, PA. Rev. William F. 
Tweeddale has resigned the pastorate 
of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Lancaster to accept the pastorate in 
St. Petersburg, Fla. A fourth group 
has branched out from the Lancaster 
church, calling themselves the Susque- 
hanna Grace Brethren Church. This 
work began the last week in March, 
and averages about 35 in attendance. 
The Lancaster church broke all atten- 
dance records with 374 in Sunday 
school Apr. 20. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. The Frater- 
nal Order of Police honored Rev. 
Robert Collitt, pastor of the Hagers- 
town Grace Brethren Church, as guest 
speaker at the Police Memorial Service 
on May 1 1 . The service which honors 
policemen who have fallen in the line 
of duty was held in the city park fol- 
lowing a parade from City Hall. 

GRAFTON, W.VA. There were 
eight decisions for salvation and fifteen 
rededications of life in services with 
Allen Herr at the First Brethren Church 
Apr. 1 6-25 . Several of the decisions to 
receive Christ were made in homes dur- 
ing visitation. Rev. Paul Mohler, pastor, 
writes, "We thank God for our Board 
of Evangelism and the ministry of Rev. 
Allen Herr." 


Pictured above, back row L to R: Richard McCarthy, past moderator installing new 
officers of the district; Ulysses Gingrich, newly elected moderator; Lee Dice, vice moderator; 
John Line, secretary; Walter Fretz, treasurer; Kenneth Kohler, statistician; Daniel Eshelman, 
business director. The front row are newly elected WMC officers: Mrs. Earl Peer, president; 
Mrs. Robert Griffith, vice president; Mrs. Walter Fretz, secretary; Mrs. Arlene Orber, treas- 
ure; Barbara Kolb, program chairman. 

STROUDSBURG, PA. The Northern Atlantic District held their annual 
district conference at Pinebrook Conference Grounds May 2A with Dr. James 
Boyer of Grace College as speaker. 


Mrs. Ron Henry announce the addition 
of Monica Dee to the family on Apr. 
4. Mr. Henry is registrar and assistant 
professor of history at Grace College. 

Brethren Church, 1301 Common- 
wealth Ave., 22301, urgently needs 
first and second grade teachers for the 
Brethren Day School. Interested per- 
sons may contact Mabel E. Donaldson, 
director, by writing or telephoning 
703-548-1808 or 703-549-1610. 

KETTERING, OHIO. In evangelis- 
tic meetings held at the Calvary Breth- 
ren Church May 4-1 1 with Rev. Allen 
Herr, a total of 26 decisions were re- 
corded. Henry T. Barnhart, pastor. 

HANOVER, PA. The Hanover 
group held its first Sunday services 
Apr. 20 in the YWCA with 38 in the 
morning service and 36 in the evening. 
Anyone in that area interested in the 
work contact Donald Misner, 827 Han- 
over Rd., York, Pa. 17404, phone 
717-225-3362. Rev. Paul G.Hawbaker, 
a member of the Calvary Brethren 
Church, Hagerstown, Md., is tempor- 
arily ministering to the group. His 
address is Route 6, Hagerstown, Md. 
21740.. A. Harold Arrington, Mid- 
Atlantic District Mission Board. 

WATERLOO, IOWA. It was voted 
to install air-conditioning in the sanctu- 
ary and side rooms of the church. For 
economy and efficiency there will be 
four separate units. The units are be- 
ing purchased at cost and the sheet 
metal for the duct work is being fur- 
nished as a donation. John M. Aeby, 

ROANOKE, VA. The Clearbrook 
Brethren Church has approved the 
paving of the parking lot for a cost of 
$3,500. So far, $2,666 has been raised. 
Russell H. Weber, pastor. 


and Mrs. Sherwood Durkee were guests 
at the Good News Grace Brethren 
Church for the morning service Apr. 
13. Rev. Durkee brought a challenging 
message and there was one rededica- 
tion of life. Rev. and Mrs. Lester 
Pifer were with us May 9-1 1 for special 
meetings. The theme was "America 
and the Nations." John McKay , pastor. 

NORWALK, CALIF. The children 
of Mr. and Mrs. Knute Selmanson and 
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hoover recently 
held open house receptions in honor of 
their parents' 25th wedding anniver- 
saries. W. Stanley Jensen, pastor. 

above is Rev. Gene Witzky, pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church, with a 7 
ft. sailfish that didn't get away. This 
was only his fourth fishing trip since 
living in Florida— he was awarded the 
catch of the day. This type of fish is 
not usually caught from a drift boat. 

NOTICE. During the July -Septem- 
ber quarter, the Brethren adult Sunday- 
school curriculum will feature a study 
on Our Heritage: Brethren Beliefs and 
Practices. The teacher's quarterly will 
be expanded for this study, and pastors 
and superintendents are invited to write 
for sample copies of the teacher's and 
student's books. Those churches using 
elective courses of study may wish to 
consider the material for a future 
quarter, if it is not convenient to use 
the studies during the summer months. 
Your Sunday-school curriculum com- 
mittee highly recommends this special 
study of Brethren practices, and en- 
courages its study by all our Brethren 


Griffith has accepted the call to pastor 
the Penn Valley Grace Brethren 
Church, Telford, Pa. He will begin 
duties there June 23. 

McNeely has returned to Biola College 
after nearly three years of ministry as 
chaplain in the United States Navy. 
Dr. McNeely is professor of Biblical 
studies at the college. 

FINDLAY, OHIO. The Findlay 
Brethren Church witnessed a wonder- 
ful service on May 1 5 when the Nava- 
jo children presented their testimonies 
in word and song. There were 174 in 
attendance and an offering was received 
in the amount of $174 for the Navajo 
Mission. About 100 attended the 
carry-in supper before the service. The 
children and sponsors spent the night 
in homes of church members. Glenn 
R. Coates, pastor. 

CLAY CITY, IND. Ten mothers 
and daughters of the First Brethren 
Church attended an annual mothers' 
and daughters' dinner and program at 
the Clay City Inn May 9. A bountiful 
meal of baked chicken, noodles, salads, 
and vegetables was enjoyed. Mrs. Min- 
nie Brown was the oldest mother 
present, and Mrs. Donna Ream was 
the youngest. Robert G. Clouse, pas- 

CHANGE. An address change has 
been announced for Rev. and Mrs. El- 
mer Fricke, 1893 Lave Ave., Long 
Beach, Calif. 90815. Please change 



Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

ASHTON, Bonnie, 85, a faithful 
member of the Dayton, Ohio, First 
Brethren Church for 70 years, departed 
to be with the Lord May 5. G. Forrest 
Jackson, pastor. 

DAGUE, Clarence H., 75, a member 
of the West Homer Brethren Church, 
Homerville, Ohio, passed away May 11. 
Robert Holmes, pastor. 

UUeadina ^5 ell A 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Shirley Benedict and Paul Hinder, 
Apr.4,Norwalk Brethren Church, Nor- 
walk, Calif. 

Marlene Matthias and Daryl Bussert, 
Apr. 19, First Brethren Church, Sun- 
nyside. Wash. 

Carolyn Jeanne and Howard G. 
Joens, May 3, Grace Brethren Church, 
Waterloo, Iowa. 

Sharon Comesky and Jim Crigger, 
May 10, Grace Brethren Church, Fre- 
mont, Ohio. 


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"We need you," was one of the 
things that Governor Ronald Reagan 
stressed in a speech to 6,000 persons 
at the spring rally of the California 
Association of Christian Schools, at 
Anaheim, California, on April 21 . 

In decrying the revolution that he 
said was taking aim at the "moral 

higher education." He made particular 
reference to the many students in his 

This was a significant meeting in 
many ways. It was an outstanding wit- 
ness to the strength of the Christian 
school movement in California. And, 
it was a demonstration of what can be 

the office as president of the CACS, 
and was administered the charge by 
Dr. Charles W. Mayes, interim-pastor 
of the First Brethren Church, Whittier, 
California, and a pioneer in the Chris- 
tian school movement. Mr. Joe Smith, 
principal of Brethren High, Paramount, 
California, and a member of the CACS 
board, was on the platform. Many 
students from Brethren schools were 
in the massive choir assembled in the 
balcony. And, Jerry Franks, touring 
Southern California in the interest of 
the Brethren Missionary Herald Com- 
pany, played two trumpet solos for the 
audience. T 

CACS officials with Gov. Ronald Reagan, 
values of our youth," he assured his 
audience that the Christian school 
movement is very definitely needed to 
meet the challenge. "We are coping 
with a revolution. One which has 
taken aim at the moral values of our 
youth." He stated further, "The world 
is hungry for morality. That's why we 
wait for you to take your place in 

done when Christians stand together. 
This meeting was said to be the largest 
gathering in the interest of Christian 
schools in the history of our country. 

Then, there was significance to us 
who are Brethren. Dan Shedd, a Grace 
College graduate, now serving as prin- 
cipal of the Christian school at Whittier 
Community Brethren Church, assumed 

Jerry Franks playing for the spring rally 

President of CACS Dan Shedd, left, with Gov. Ronald Reagan, center, and Dr. Charles W. Mayes. 

May 31, 1969 


Application for Accreditation Status Denied 

On March 23, Dean E. William Male 
and I went before the North Central 
Association, Commission on Colleges 
and Universities, as the final step in 
application for Correspondent Status 
in Accreditation. In preparation for 
this meeting, a written application had 
been prepared and filed with the com- 
mission several months in advance. In 
response, an educator was assigned to 
give a careful survey of Grace College. 
He arrived on campus and spent two 
days examining the status of the fac- 
ulty, finances, student body, and facili- 
ties. He then prepared a report for the 
Commission on Colleges, copies of 
which were also placed in our hands 
before the meeting in Chicago. The 
report was factual and in some places 
pointed up weaknesses and strengths, 
but at no point did it give any indi- 
cation as to evaluation. 

Representatives of several other 
Christian colleges preceded us before 
the commission. They came forth 
greatly disturbed at the rather strong 
position the commission took relating 
to their doctrinal and moral standards. 
But even this did not quite alert us to 
the fact that we would be facing the 
same sort of confrontation. Almost 
no attention was given to faculty, 
facilities, and finances during this in- 
terview. Practically the whole time 
was given to the matter of "the faith" 
as outlined in our "Covenant of Faith" 
and to which each member of the fac- 
ulty must subscribe annually. It was 
their conclusion that this placed undue 
limitation upon the freedom of inquiry, 
and therefore, was an obstruction to 
the advancement of knowledge. 




President, Grace Theological Seminary 
and Grace College 


The Decision Came Three Days 
Later in the Negative 

A secretary assigned to colleges like 
ours, reported the decision of the com- 
mission on March 26. Two factors 
were cited as leading to the refusal to 
grant Correspondent Status: 

First, it was deemed impossible 
within a period of five years for the 
school to upgrade its faculty sufficient- 
ly to make full accreditation. (Corre- 
spondent Status lasts for two years, 
and Candidate Status for three years, 
making a total of five years before full 
accreditation.) This may not be true, 
but at the rate we are now moving in 
the face of almost insurmountable 
odds, it could very well be true. 

Second, it was deemed impossible 
within a period of five years for the 
school to improve its financial status in 
terms of endowment. At present we 
have almost no endowment. Without 
endowment the commission felt that 
our school does not have financial 
stability, that is, finances such as will 
guarantee the ongoing of the school in 
the face of mounting financial pres- 
sures. Here again, the commission had 
solid ground upon which to base its 

A Significant Factor in this Interview 

The Commission on Colleges at- 
tempts to weigh all the aspects of an 
institution in arriving at its final de- 
cision. A school may be high in some 
areas and low in others, and this is 
usually the case. In our case, there is 
no question that in the area of faculty 
and finances we are low. But even 
these areas might have received a more 
favorable review by the commission if 
the factor of "the faith" had not ap- 
peared so obstructive in their estima- 

This led Dean Male and me to ad- 
dress an important question to the 
secretary: "Does this close the door to 
Grace College?" To this he said, "No," 
and insisted that we could apply again 
within six months, or a year, or two 
years. But, obviously, when a five-year 
limit had already been placed on us, it 
would be sheer folly to apply sooner 
than improvement in faculty and finan- 
ces would permit. 

A Real Challenge 
Now Confronts Grace College 

Hundreds of people were praying 
for Grace College in this confronta- 
tion with the Commission on Colleges. 
Those prayers were that the will of 
God would be done. Now that the 
answer has come in the negative, it is 
only right that we take this as the will 
of the Lord at this time. Let us re- 
joice and thank God. More than fifty 
colleges made applications such as ours, 
and more than half of them were 
denied, so we are not alone. 

Now this decision is good for one 
reason. It points up the places where 
we need to make great improvement. 
We need more faculty members, and 
faculty members who are Brethren, 
and we need them with degrees on the 
doctoral level. There needs to be a 
greater volume of prayer for new dedi- 
cation on the part of Brethren teachers. 

In addition, there needs to be strong 
advancement in finances. God's people 
who have been blessed with the ability 
to make money need to consecrate 
their financial means to Christian Edu- 
cation. Let there be a new surge of 
prayer to this end, that Grace Schools 
may be able to provide quality educa- 
tion for its youth. 

Consider the Need We Have 
Right Now for Funds 

As of this date we face a serious 
need in the general fund for the school. 
Expenses have been running high, and 
in the face of every effort to econo- 
mize we are now running short. Pray 
that God's people will send in the 
necessary funds to meet the current 
needs for this year. 

Moreover, there is great need for 
help on the library. This building will 
cost about $90,000 more than pro- 
jected. Government regulations as to 
salaries and escalating costs have been 
more than we could meet. The Breth- 
ren Investment Foundation has had to 
deny a request for another $75,000 be- 
cause of shortage of funds. 

Could all of you faithful readers of 
this column go to your knees in prayer, 
and perhaps also reach a little deeper 
into your pocket to meet these needs? 


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Jill's "doller" with God's 
blessing counts "big" in helping 
Grace to provide a Christian 
education for our youth. 

By faithfully adding your 
"dollers," there will continue to 
be a Grace College for many Jills, 
Sherrys, Bills, Johnnys, Toms, 
and others to attend through the 
years to come. 


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March 28, 1969 

Miss Jill Osborne 

2697 Stearns Street 

Santa Susana, California 93063 

Dear Miss Jill: 

I think the nicest letter I ever received has come from you, and that 
great big dollar for the school is such an encouragement to me. 

To know that we have young people like yourself and your sister, who 
plan on coming to Grace, makes all of us more determined than ever 
to give our best to preserve and perpetuate Grace College, so that 
Christian young people will be able to attend a college where Christ 
is honored. 

Sincerely yours in Christ 

Herman A. Hoyt 

Spell it "dollar" or "dotter"- 

it makes little difference just as 
long as you send it to Grace 

May 31, 1969 


V^bservers close to the Washington 
scene have noticed a significant change 
associated with the new administration. 
This has been observed by Christian 
and non-Christian alike. Not for many 
years, possibly since the Eisenhower 
administration, has there been such a 
prominent role for religion to play in 
the daily personal life of the key public 
officials, especially that of the Presi- 
dent. President Eisenhower is remem- 
bered for having the cabinet sessions 
opened with prayer. He was faithful 
in church attendance, and according 
to the testimony of some had a per- 
sonal faith in Christ. Certainly the 

(American Airlines photo) 

state funeral, which was arranged with 
his approval, gives additional evidence 
of the strength of his faith. 

In the case of the incumbent Presi- 
dent, for the first time special Sunday 
services have been scheduled in the 
White House when Mr. Nixon is in the 
city. On other occasions on Sunday, 
he and his family are to be found in 
church. Prior to the inauguration, the 
President read through the messages of 
all of the other former presidents and 
was impressed with the importance of 
the head of state setting the proper ex- 

ample in the need and vital importance 
of personal religious faith. The con- 
tent and tone of President Nixon's in- 
augural address gave the clue for what 
was ahead in this area. Such an address 
caused some foreign visitors present 
for the occasion to remark that it 
seemed as though they had been in a 
church service. 

A strong friendship has been estab- 
lished between President Richard Nix- 
on and Dr. Billy Graham. This in it- 
self is a wonderful instance of the 
providence of God. A small act of 
kindness on the latter's part has been 
used by the Lord to cement this re- 
lationship. It was at the time of the 
death of the mother of Mr. Nixon that 
Billy Graham took time off from a 
busy schedule to be present for the 
funeral of the mother. Billy Graham 
had no part in the service itself, but 
was there even though he had to cut 
short some other appointments. It was 
this same individual who had much to 
do with Mr. Nixon's decision to run 
once more for the highest office in the 
nation. We can expect that the access 
which Billy Graham has to the White 
House will continue throughout the 
days of this administration. It was not 
by chance that Billy Graham was 
chosen to speak at the first Sunday 
church service in the White House fol- 
lowing the inauguration. A large num- 
ber of cabinet and other high officials 
were present. 

Already there have been a couple of 
incidents which indicate that there is a 
sensitivity to spiritual matters among 
officialdom in Washington. When the 
first drawing of the Apollo 8 postage 
stamp which was released on May 5 
appeared, the Bible was represented in 
the words which were spoken from 
the vicinity of the moon on Christmas 
eve, "In the beginning God." A 
bureaucratic decision removed this im- 
portant testimony so that the center 
of the stamp was to be almost as void 
as the earth was at the beginning of 
creation. Letters from all over the 
nation poured into the office of the 
President and other offices involved in 
this matter. The last week in February 
brought the reversal of this earlier de- 
cision, so that now God will be repre- 
sented on this stamp which honors a 
tremendous scientific feat made pos- 
sible by the God-given intelligence of 

A second incident is noticed in the 
intervention of the Secretary of De- 

fense, Melvin Laird. About a year ago 
the American Civil Liberties Union 
took action to have all reference to 
God, Supreme Being, Creator, and so 
forth, removed from the character- 
building lectures which men in the 
military are given during periods of 
orientation. If this action were suc- 
cessful, the very foundation for all 
morality would be undermined. There 
would be no substructure upon which 
ethical conduct could be built. Again, 
the average citizen with pen in hand 
descended upon Washington, this time 
especially the representatives in Con- 
gress, through an avalanche of letters 
the like of which many of the persons 
in Congress have not seen on any other 
single issue. Defense Secretary Laird 
announced that the intended policy of 
the ACLU would be turned aside and 
the terms which were so offensive to 
that organization could still be used. 
He has stated that there is a good pos- 
sibility that this refusal to implement 
the ACLLPs policy will be permanent 
if such has not already become the 

Within ten weeks, at the time of this 
writing, the citizens of this nation have 
had the opportunity of observing how 
sensitive the new administration is to 
the stirring among the grassroots of 
America. It is still true that those who 
make their wishes known are more apt 
to see something done about them. 
Too often the tiny, but articulate, 
minority take action and change the 
policy of the government and some- 
times even the law of the land. It is 
high time for those who still believe 
in those principles which have con- 
tributed to the greatness of America 
to make their moral force felt. In the 
good providence of God this greatness 
has come to be and we must be careful 
or it will all be lost by default, more so 
than by overt attack. America is the 
last bastion of freedom, so all citizens 
have an investment in our nation's 
future. America is the last major base 
from which to evangelize the world, 
so the Christian citizen has an addi- 
tional obligation. 

While attending a national security 
seminar last November, this writer felt 
that the outlook for our nation was 
very dark and foreboding. It seemed 
as though we were living on borrowed 
time; that this cliche had become 
reality. Forces within and forces with- 
out were hard at work tearing to shreds 
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ieter— to the surprise of all who had 
known him well— had left no will. Ap- 
parently he had thought that since he 
possessed little other than insurance, 
making me the sole beneficiary of that 
took care of the situation. If only he 
had known how much it left to be 
taken care of! Yet in thinking a will 
unimportant for those with a small or 
moderate estate, my husband was not 
unusual. I learned that an estimated 
70 percent of American property own- 
ers die intestate. 

The first business complication de- 
veloped when Peter's checking account 
(we did not have a joint one) was 
frozen. Consequently, no money could 
be drawn out even for funeral expenses 
or immediate needs. All of the insur- 
ance policies were in a strongbox at 
the bank. That box was immediately 

appointed by the probate court or 
specifically approved by them. Such 
appraisal can be time-consuming, a 
great deal of trouble, and costly. 

I found it hard to keep my mind on 
these business affairs, because my heart 
kept intruding. The businessmen who 
were trying to help me would have 
found many of my thoughts highly 
irrelevant .... How much are a few 
British colonial stamps worth? So 
many dollars and cents? A hundred 
hours of pure pleasure? 

I could see Peter bending over the 
stamp books spread out on a card 
table in our living room. To him, the 
stamps were not just stamps. They 
were cargo ships on their way to ro- 
mantic, far-flung places— Antigua, Bar- 
bados, the Cayman Islands, Grenada, 
Montserrat, Trinidad. The very names 

Then came the day when I had to 
reappear in probate court to be made 
Peter John's guardian. Since then, I 
have been required to give a detailed 
financial accounting of my guardian- 
ship to the court each year. This will 
go on untO my son becomes of age. 
Each year the account figures must be 
sworn to before a notary public. Each 
year a fee must be paid to the office 
of register of wills for the accounting. 

The amount of cash in Peter's 
checking account at the time of his 
death was not large. Most of this had 
been given to us as a gift on the oc- 
casion of our tenth anniversary at the 
New York Avenue Presbyterian 
Church, and had been meant to pay 
part of our expenses for a trip abroad. 
Yet by the time the final accounting 
is made to the probate court, almost 

Peter Didn't Leave A Will . . . 

By Catherine Marshall 

sealed by the bank under the Internal 
Revenue Department's regulations. It 
took three weeks of cutting red tape 
before even the insurance agent could 
get into the strongbox "to initiate the 
collection of death proceeds," as the 
insurance term has it. 

Then I learned that, under District 
of Columbia law, when a man dies 
without a will, after all the debts are 
paid, his widow receives one-third of 
his estate, his child or children, two- 
thirds. It was necessary for me to 
appear in probate court to post an ex- 
pensive bond and to be made adminis- 
tratrix of Peter's affairs. Everything 
thereafter came under the jurisdiction 
of this court. Not even funeral ex- 
penses, doctor or hospital bills, nor or- 
dinary household expenses could be 
paid until the court passed on them. 

Following this, some of my hus- 
band's possessions had to be appraised 
—his car, his stamp collection, a few 
power tools. The appraisal of some- 
thing like a stamp collection is a highly 
technical matter. It had to be handled 
by men who know the value of stamps. 
But all appraisers had either to be 

were music . . . ! The commemorative 
issues were some of history's most 
dramatic moments— the stamps were 
beautiful! "Catherine, take a look at 
this new St. Kitt's ultramarine on blue 
violet— and this magenta, this carmine 
rose. . . ." 

And sermons? How could sermons 
be appraised? So much lift and lilt 
to the human spirit? So much bowing 
down to the heart in adoration to its 
Maker? Yet the sermon manuscripts 
were an integral part of the estate and 
the next thing that had to be appraised 
Obviously, how much they were worth 
commercially was anyone's guess. But 
even after some arbitrary value had 
been placed on them, then what dis- 
position was to be made of them? 
It took several lawyers a little ovei 
four months to figure out that one. 

It seemed that almost daily, every 
where I turned, legal proof of my hus- 
band's death was required. Finally, I 
had a whole sheaf of photostats of his 
death certificate made. To the un- 
initiated in grief, this may seem like a 
small matter. Still it scarcely has a 
soothing effect on the bereaved. 

every cent of that original sum will 
have been drained away in legal and 
court costs. 

When I discovered the amazing 
amount of red tape involved even with 
such a small estate, I almost ran to a 
lawyer to get help in making a will of 
my own. Not only that, but I began 
urging my parents and close friends to 
consider the same move. Though in 
my case there was little to leave any- 
one, I reasoned that the tiny sum in- 
volved in making a will might some 
day save many times that amount in 
fees for dealing with quite unnecessary 
legal technicalities. 

Of course, Peter had no idea of all 
of this. Yet some of his close friends 
were lawyers. And often he himself 
had been called on to help the recently 
bereaved in practical matters as well as 
spiritual ones. I marveled that he had 
never even once encountered some 
other widow entangled in the same 
difficulties with which I was wrestling. 
-Reprinted with the permission of the 
publishers, McGraw-Hill Book Company, 
Inc., from the book To Live Again by 
Catherine Marshall. Copyright 1957 by 
Catherine Marshall. ▼ 

May 31, 1969 



re are seeing population explosion 
in every kingdom under heaven except 
the kingdom of heaven! Perhaps the 
reason is that we build our big, beauti- 
ful churches with cushioned pews, air- 
conditioned auditoriums, robed choirs, 
and well-trained preachers and then 
advertise, "Come and hear," when all 
the time God says, "Go and tell." 
What is it going to take to make us 
leave our comforts of home and go in- 
to this world with the Gospel? The 
Lord Jesus did. Let us learn what He 
had and follow His example. 

In John 3 we see the sinner seeking 
the Saviour. In John 4 we see the 
Saviour seeking the sinner. The latter 
is the norm, "For the Son of man is 
come to seek . . ." (Luke 19:10). The 
first thing we notice in this chapter is 
"he must needs go through Samaria" 
(John 4:4). Other Jews would not go 
this way because of the racial hatred 
but He must for there was a woman 
who needed the Saviour. Many Chris- 
tians do not go out of their way to wit- 
ness but the soul winner must for he 
has a compulsion. Paul had this com- 
pulsion for he cried, "woe is unto me, 
if I preach not the gospel" (I Cor. 

Part I of a message given to Grace Semi- 
nary students by Rev. C. Sumner Wemp, 
director of Practical Christian Work at Moody 
Bible Institute. 

If the Lord Jesus must "GO" so 
must the pastor and people, for the 
command is to "go into all the world" 
and go into the highways and hedges. 
Suddenly at the beach one day, I saw a 
lifeguard stand in his tower. He took 
the Red Cross flag from its standard 
and waved it frantically so they could 
see it at the main station. Grabbing a 
life buoy he ran to the water and 
swam out to rescue a man from drown- 
ing. In a few moments others arrived 
from the main station to help. Every- 
one had a lump in his throat as he 
evidenced the dedication of these men 
as they saved a man's life. Later that 
evening I went to the main station. 
There I saw a sign I will never forget. 
On the wall in large red letters was 
written, "IF IN DOUBT, GO." Oh, 
that every Christian had such dedica- 
tion to that motto today. 

You can see the COMPASSION OF 
CHRIST as He said to the woman, "If 
thou knewest the gift of God, and who 
it is that saith to thee, Give me to 
drink; thou wouldest have asked of 
him, and he would have given thee 
living water" (v. 10). She was a loner. 
Whether it was the multitudes or the 
individual He had compassion. The 
tragedy was she did not know the gift 
of God nor did she know who was 
talking with her until she was told. 
When she was told, praise God, she 
drank deeply of that water! 

David Brainard penned in his diary, 
as he burned out for God among the 
Indians, "I cared not where or how I 
lived or what hardships I went through, 
if only I could win souls for Christ. 
While I was asleep I dreamed of these 
things; when I waked my first thought 
was of this great work." This attitude 
comes only when one can pray from 
the depth of his soul, "Not my will, 
but thine be done." 

A third attitude Christ had was a 
sense of COMMITMENT to this task 
of reaching others when He said, "My 
meat is to do the will of him that sent 
me" (v. 34). When the disciples of- 
fered Him the McDonald hamburgers 
and said, "Let's eat," He let them know 
He had already had filet mignon, "I 
have meat to eat that you know not 
of (v. 32). He was saying the thing 
He really fed on was seeing people 
born of God right before His very eyes. 
This satisfies. 

Christians need not only to esteem 
the Word of God "more than my 
necessary food" (Job 23:12), but also 
the will of God and work of God in 
reaching men and women for Christ. 
Witnessing is not just one of the items 
in a cafeteria which we can take or 
leave, it is the main course of the 
church. The Lord Jesus did not say 
you ought to be witnesses but "ye 
shall be witnesses unto me" (Acts 1 :8). 

Probably the disciples passed this 
woman on their way to town. I won- 
der what they thought. Do you sup- 
pose they realized it was odd for her 
to go for water by herself at this time 
of day instead of when the women 
usually went late in the day? She was 
not chalked up as the most likely 
prospect in Sychar to receive the 

Just think of what they missed. 
Wouldn't you love to win another D. 
L. Moody or Billy Sunday or C. H. 
Spurgeon? That man in the service 
station, or shop or office next to you, 
or the paper boy or the postman may 
just be the one. Don't pass him by. 
Tell him about Jesus. At least offer 
him the opportunity to know the 

A man who was saved in one of D. 
L. Moody's meetings prayed, "Dear 
God, I want to thank you for going 
out of your way to save me." God 
does! The Lord Jesus did! May we go 
out of our way to bring people to 
Christ. ▼ 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

I here are some things about which 
everyone is willing to argue, whether 
he knows anything about them or not 
-for example, the English language, 
the government, and music. On music 
the classic comment is, "I don't know 
anything about it, but I do know what 
I like." It seems to me, however, that 
one should be able to add: "I know 
why I like what I like." This is 
especially necessary for the gospel 
musician, for with him music is a min- 
istry. All Christian musicians will agree 
that we need good church music. It 
should be worthwhile then to consider 
just what we mean by good church 
music and to ask ourselves whether we 
have it now in our churches. 

We can start with what good church 
music is not, or rather what it does not 
have to be. For one thing it does not 
have to be good secular music. It does 
not have to be music restricted to one 
country, one period of time, or one 
school of composers. There are some 
fundamentalist Protestants who seem 
to feel that the only worthwhile music 
is that which came after 1875, and 
that good church music means Fanny 
Crosby and George Stebbins, or "The 
Glory Song" and "The Old Rugged 

It does not have to be characterized 
by any narrow limitations of tempo, 
dynamics, rhythm, or harmony. The 
mere fact that a hymn is slow, soft, 
steady in rhythm, and simple in harmo- 
ny does not label it as the genuine 
article. Conversely, a rollicking loud, 
modern-sounding tune does not auto- 
matically get the blue ribbon. 

These are all false criteria and they 
lead to dangerous principles. They are 
false because in each case they confine 
good church music to a certain re- 
stricted area, and on the wrong basis. 
For church music the standard must 
be primarily a practical one rather than 
an artistic, historical, or popular one. 
In other words, good music for the 
church is that which does most effec- 
tively what it is supposed to do. The 
artistic standard applies, but it must 
be subordinated to the practical con- 

This being the case, what is church 
music supposed to do? Nothing, in it- 
self. Its functions arises out of and 
coordinates with the words. The music 
reinforces and emotionalizes the mean- 
ing and unifies the performance of the 

For our purposes we shall assume 

May 31, 1969 

that the words chosen are the best. 
Take a hymn like "When I Survey the 
Wondrous Cross," for instance. The 
words themselves are moving. The 
first thing the simple "Hamburg" tune 
does for the words is enable the con- 
gregation to join in unified perform- 
ance of the hymn. But this could be 
accomplished by means of group reci- 
tation, like saying the Lord's Prayer. 
The tune does more. Music is the 
language of emotion, and feelings that 
he too deep for mere words find then- 
expression in song. The tune, then, 
reinforces the emotional significance 
of Watt's hymn. 

In the congregational hymn, the 
tune can be effective in reinforcing 
and emotionalizing the words in two 
ways: rhetorically and psychologically. 

/ \ 

What Is 
Music ? 

By Gunner Urang 

With respect to meaning, the tune 
should emphasize the words by allow- 
ing the important notes to correspond 
to the important words. An important 
note may be such because of accent, 
because of extra length, or because of 
a higher pitch, or because of a com- 
bination of these. To go back to 
"When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" 
for an example— in the first phrase the 
important words are "when," "survey" 
(with stress on the second syllable), 
"wondrous" and "cross." The notes 
which accompany these words are all 
notes which receive two beats, thus 
adding emphasis. 

Psychologically, too, the tune can 
be either effective or ineffective. The 
melody must not only emphasize the 
intellectual meaning of the words but 
also echo the spirit of the message. 
The chief factor is association, the 
mental images and emotional states 
which can be brought into being when 
one hears a certain melody or certain 

harmonies and rhythms. 

Several kinds of association may 
operate in church music. A tune may 
suggest a certain set of words, when 
these words are already familiar. I 
once heard someone accuse the com- 
pilers of a certain hymnal of using the 
wrong tune for the hymn "How Firm 
a Foundation" because to him that 
tune suggested the words of "O Come 
All Ye Faithful." There is even greater 
danger in putting sacred words to 
popular tunes when the secular words 
are still known and sung. 

The associations are not always of 
definite words. Sometimes a tune with 
a certain type of melody or rhythm 
suggests an emotional state or a mental 
attitude. Words of quiet trust like 
those of "Abide with Me" call for a 
tune which suggests a calm repose. 
The militant words of "A Mighty For- 
tress is Our God" must be set to a 
march-like tune, a tune with "muscle." 

But when the associations are of a 
different order entirely, when they sug- 
gest the music of the world, when they 
bring to mind the feverish syncopation 
of jazz and the sensual cloying harmo- 
nies of the popular love song-then 
something is wrong with church music. 
I feel this is a matter to which the 
songleader and the gospel singer and 
the instrumentalist ought to give 
prayerful consideration. On the prac- 
tical level the choosing of congrega- 
tional songs and gospel solos call for 
real discrimination. Try this test on a 
gospel song. Having already passed 
judgment on the words and accepted 
them, try to take in their full meaning. 
Recite them aloud; master the emo- 
tional tone of the text. Then try the 
tune. Ask: Does it add its own author- 
ity to what has been expressed by the 
words or does it defy the text and cry 
out its own meaning by means of dis- 
tressing associations? 

To conclude, then, church music 
is good not because it is of a certain 
time or nationality or by a certain 
composer or school of musicians; nor 
because it is contemporary and popu- 
lar; nor because it measures up to 
secular standards; not just because it 
happens to be soft, or loud, or slow 
and steady, or fast and rhythmic. 
Good church music is that which does 
its job-reinforcing and emotionalizing 
the message of the words. 
-A chapter from "Good Music for the 
Glory of God." Used by permission of: 
Tips on Christian Education Topics. ▼ 


Library "Move-in" 
Takes Only 
Three Hours 

"You've heard of sit-ins, love-ins, 
laugh-ins, and so on, but have you 
ever heard of a move-in? That is what 
Grace College and Seminary students 
and faculty held recently when they 
moved to their newly-completed, three- 
story library and learning center." So 
wrote Art Marose, businessman, in the 
March issue of the Warsaw Chamber of 
Commerce Communicator. 

Forming two solid lines from the 
old library in McClain Hall down across 
campus to the new, hundreds of en- 
thusiastic, singing workers passed some 
40,000 books to the new stacks in just 
three hours. Mrs. Mabel Hamilton, 

A lot of "huffing and 
puffing" went into 
moving the library 
books as seen in the ac- 
companying photos. At 
bottom right, students 
and faculty members 
are shown placing the 
books on the shelves in 
the new library facility. 

librarian, declared the move a tremen- 
dous success. 

The spacious, air-conditioned, hu- 
midity-controlled facility with 29,000 
square feet of carpeted floor space, 
acoustically-tiled ceiling, and hundreds 
of individual study carrells, was open 
for business when the students re- 

turned April 8 from their spring vaca- 

In their pursuit of academic excel- 
lence in the area of Christian higher 
education, Grace students and faculty 
now have one of the finest libraries to 
be found on the campus of any private 
school of comparable size. ▼ 

Seminary Changes 3-Year Degree 

The 1969 Commencement will mark 
the awarding of the first Master of 
Divinity degrees at Grace Theological 
Seminary. From this time on, the 
Master of Divinity (or M.Div. as it is 
commonly abbreviated) will be granted 
upon completion of the basic three- 
year course in the seminary, and the 
formerly-awarded degree, Bachelor of 
Divinity, will be discontinued. This 
action is consistent with the growing 
trend in seminaries, and is also a re- 
flection of the numerous advances 
made recently by Grace Seminary, 

particularly in the area of curriculum 
revision and improved laboratory facil- 
ities and requirements. 

Each alumnus of Grace Seminary 
who holds a Bachelor of Divinity de- 
gree has been sent a small printed 
announcement of this change designed 
to be affixed to his diploma if he so 
desires. If any alumnus has not re- 
ceived this announcement by June 10, 
he should notify the Office of the 
Dean, Grace Theological Seminary.— 
Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Dean 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

Nine Involved in Grace Changes 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr., vice presi- 
dent of Grace College and Seminary, 
who has served on the faculty since 
1937, plans to retire from teaching on 
June first. He is professor of Church 
History and Practical Theology in the 
seminary. He will continue as registrar 
for the seminary. 

Rev. Charles H. Ashman will join 
the faculty of Grace Theological Semi- 
nary in September, according to Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Jr., dean. He will be 
teaching part-time in the area of Prac- 
tical Theology and Church History, 
dividing his time between the seminary 
and the Winona Lake Brethren Church 
where he will continue to serve as 




Dr. E. William Male, academic dean 
of Grace College, has announced the 
appointment of Dr. Gilbert B. Weaver, 
as associate professor of Philosoohy 
and Bible for the 1969-70 academic 

Dr. Weaver is coming to Grace from 
John Brown University where he has 
served as associate professor of Biblical 
studies since 1960 and chairman of the 
same division for the 1968-69 academic 
year. He holds the B.S. degree from 
John Brown University, the Th M. from 
Dallas Theological Seminary, the Th.D. 
from Grace Theological Seminary, has 
done Master's work in Philosophy at 
the University of Arkansas and Michi- 
gan State University and plans to con- 
tinue his work at Michigan. 

Dr. and Mrs. Weaver and their two 
children, Carole Susan, 9, and Edward 
Alan, 8, will move to Winona late this 

Faculty promotions also announced 
by Dr. Male include five teachers who 
have been advanced in rank. 

Dr. John J. Davis to associate pro- 
fessor of Old Testament and Arche- 
ology, Rev. J. Paul Dowdy to assistant 
professor in Missions and Spanish, Vilas 
E. Deane to assistant professor in Math- 
ematics, Miss C. Ann Teel to assistant 
professor in Journalism and Richard A. 
Dilling to assistant professor in Mathe- 
matics and Physical Science. 

Advanced Study Plans 

Edgar J. Lovelady, instructor in 
English at Grace College, will be on 
leave of absence beginning in Septem- 


(Continued from page 18) 

the moral fabric of our society. How- 
ever, it appears that God has given 
America a little more time to put its 
house in order and return to the faith 
of our fathers. The situation is desper- 
ate enough to require a spiritual revolu- 
tion. If this is to come about, much 
of the direction will have to come from 
the White House before it can have 
much effect in the other houses of our 
land. Perhaps Mr. Nixon has been 
brought to this position for such a time 
as this. God's Word clearly tells us that 
it is His prerogative to set up one ruler 
and put down another. 

The glimmer of spiritual hope is 
seen in Washington, but Christians 
must make sure that it is not darkened. 
That spark of righteousness must be- 
come a purging fire of spiritual renewal 
if God's judgment is to be stayed. No 
other civilization in history has escaped 

when the cup of iniquity was full. 
America has no claim on God's grace 
that would cancel out His wrath. As 
Nineveh of old repented so must the 
the United States of America! 

In the opening paragraph of this 
article, the writer mentioned that 
others beyond the field of evangelical 
Christians have noticed the change in 
spiritual concern. In the April 6 issue 
of the Parade magazine, Jack Ander- 
son, an associate of Drew Pearson, 
published an article pointing out his 
observations. He concludes his article 
in a very interesting manner, "Official 
Washington today is on its knees. Not 
in surrender, but for help in a period 
that may prove to be the most trying 
in the nation's history." 

In the opinion of the writer of this 
article President Nixon does not have 
a monoply on political wisdom, but if 
he remains open to the leading of the 
Lord, a new day has already dawned 
for America! T 

ber to continue work on his doctorate 
in English at Purdue University, in the 
fields of Linguistics and Literature. 

He holds a diploma from Toronto 
Bible College, the B.A. from Grace 
College and a B.D. from Grace Semi- 
nary where his Th.M. is also in prepar- 
ation. In addition, he has his M.A. de- 
gree from St. Francis College. 

Vilas E. Deane, instructor in Mathe- 
matics, will study at San Jose State 
College, San Jose, California, this sum- 
mer where he will attend the six-weeks 
Mathematics Institute sponsored by the 
National Science Foundation. 

Deane holds the B.A. degree from 
Ashland College and the Master of 
Science degree in Mathematics from 
Ohio State University. 

Richard Dilling, assistant professor 
of Mathematics and Physics at Grace 
College, has been granted a leave of 
absence to work on the Ph.D. degree 
in Physics at Wesleyan University in 
Middletown, Connecticut. 

He has been awarded a teaching 
assistantship renewable up to three 
years which provides both a tax-free 
stipend and tuition remission. 

Dilling, who has been on the Grace 
faculty since 1966, holds the B.S. de- 
gree from Shippensburg State College 
and the M.S. in Physics from Purdue 
University. He will start his doctoral 
program in the fall of 1969. ▼ 

Grace Choir 
Well Received 

If there was any doubt in the minds 
of sponsors and audience about the 
ability of the Grace College choirs to 
reach their listeners, such doubt was 
dispelled in the Wooster area. In four 
high school concerts the choir was 
superb and had excellent rapport with 
the students (Waynedale, Smithville, 
Triway, Northwestern). The appre- 
ciative audience at the OARDC audi- 
torium agreed that they had been 
musically entertained and spiritually 

It is a real joy to know that we have 
an educational institution that stands 
true to the Word of God, produces 
quality education, and sends forth pur- 
poseful graduates. 

Such an institution is to be com- 
mended, prayed for and supported. 
Let us not fail them.-Good News, 
First Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio. 

May 31, 1969 


Three Grace Teams to Tour 

Grace College will be represented 
by three development teams on tour 
this summer throughout various sec- 
tions of the United States between 
June 1 and July 3 1 , presenting Christ 
and the challenge of Christian higher 

Terry White, director of public re- 
lations, will lead the male quartet on 
their tour of the western states: Cali- 
fornia, Oregon, and Washington. 

Members of the quartet include 
Terry White; Gary Cole, Fort Lauder- 
dale, Florida; Dale McDaniels, Golden- 
dale, Washington; and Richard Dick, 
Winchester, Virginia. 

Mrs. Terry (Sharon) White, special 
instructor of music at Grace College, 
is the accompanist. 

A second team directed by Phil 
Lance from Montclair, California, will 
be touring some midwest, and New 
England states. 

Other team members are Ross Weid- 
man, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Doreen 
Beach, Martinsburg, Pennsylvania ; Pam 
Winkler, North Canton, Ohio; Jackie 
Frushour, Drayton Plains, Michigan; 
and from Harrah, Washington, Maxine 
Peugh, accompanist. 

Calling themselves the "Christian 
Assembly," is the team which will be 
on tour in the south and southeast 
under the direction of Ed Lewis, 

Also included on the team are 
Jackie Keller, Fort Lauderdale, Florida; 
Linda Baker, Nankin, Ohio; Terry 
Davenport, Canton, Ohio; from Bour- 

bon, Indiana, Max Anders; and Steve 
Grill, Trotwood, Ohio. 

The varied repertoire of the teams 
combining the music of stringed and 
brass instruments with the voices, will 
include sacred folksongs, secular and 
novelty songs, and arrangements of 
hymns and gospel songs, which will 
enable them to adapt to all types of 

Musical ability, a consistent Chris- 
tian life and testimony, and academic 
achievement were important factors in 
the selection of the personnel for these 

The tentative summer schedule for 
the three teams will take them to ap- 
proximately 175 Brethren and non- 
Brethren churches, conferences and 
summer camps. 

We covet your earnest prayers for 
this vital outreach ministry of Grace 
Schools. ▼ 








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Standing, L to R: Phil Lance, Doreen Beach, Ross Weidman. 
Sitting, L to R: Maxine Peugh, Jackie Frushour, Pam Winkler. 

Standing, L to R: Terry White, Dale McDaniels, Rich Dick. 
Sitting, L to R: Sharon White, Gary Cole. 

Standing, L to R: Steve Grill, Max Anders, Terry Davenport, 
Ed Lewis. Sitting, L to R: Jackie Keller, Linda Baker. 

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Paradise in the Pacific .... 


The Name Is Familiar .... 


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Church News 


Black Journalists Take Aim on Racism. 


Then the Chaplain Pushed Off 


Pick of the Vital Books 


Dear Mrs. Bradley 


North to Alaska! 


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Laymen's Page 


KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Harold Jones 

June 14, 1969 

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Island, Hawaii. (H. Armstrong Roberts, Photo) 

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The Editor Speaks . . . 

By Clyde K. Landrum 



A professor is reported to have urged 
his students to be against something 
in life, even if they must take their 
stand against such a defenseless com- 
modity as buttermilk. It is inevitable 
that in establishing our position posi- 
tively for the things we believe and 
practice we will draw the lines against 
certain things. Even the Bible admon- 
ishes us to positively "put on" certain 
graces and to negatively "put off sin- 
ful practices that should not character- 
ize the Christian life. 

The church as God's representative 
body in the world today is constantly 
asked to indicate where she stands on 
various issues, and her stand must be 
clear-cut and unwavering. To say, "If 
you sin somewhat, and do not repent 
to some degree, you'll go to hell to a 
certain extent," is not definite enough. 
We must specifically and clearly give 
forth the message: "All have sinned, 
and come short of the glory of God," 
and "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and thou shalt be saved . . . ." We shall 
accomplish nothing for God if we fail 
to stand by word and deed for the 
great fundamentals of the faith such 
as: the inspiration of the Bible, the 
deity of Christ, the sinfulness of man, 
redemption from sin through the aton- 
ing work of Christ alone, and other 
doctrines. We of the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald stand solidly with the 
National Fellowship of Brethren 
Churches in the belief of these great 
truths and we desire to faithfully pro- 
claim them. 

However, many Christians seem 
more concerned with what they are 
"against" than what they are "for," 
with more emphasis on the negative 
than on the positive. What then should 

be our attitude in the matter? How 
much magazine space should we de- 
vote to the negative viewpoint? 

Our main emphasis must always be 
the clear presentation of the message 
of salvation so that we shall not fail in 
reaching the lost for Christ. There 
must be the clear preaching as to the 
lost condition of man which some may 
consider a negative approach. But how 
can we tell men how to be saved un- 
til we can show them they need to be 
saved? We must teach Christians of 
the sanctifying work which the Holy 
Spirit can and will do in their lives 
through the "washing of water by the 
word." We must— and we will warn 
against the pitfalls of sin and the de- 
ceitful working of Satan against Christ's 
body, the church. It is imperative that 
we teach and stress these truths over 
and over again. 

There are other matters which we 
must make known but which should 
not be ridden as a hobby. One of 
these is the clear statement that we 
are unalterably opposed to such an 
ungodly movement as the National 
Council of Churches and that we are 
in no way associated with them. While 
we should— and do make known our 
position, it is not wise to constantly 
use precious magazine space for this 
when unsaved readers need to read of 
the plan of salvation and believers 
need to see articles conducive to growth 
in the study of God's Word and in the 
Christian life. Top priority must be 
given to the most urgent spiritual 
matters and others should be treated 
as time and space permit. This will 
continue to be the policy of the Breth- 
ren Missionary Herald magazine. 

June 14, 1969 

Continuing a series on Brethren mission fields 

mwii- Land 

_ The Land 

I he mighty Pacific Ocean occupies 
close to one-third of the earth's sur- 
face. It is dotted by thousands of 
islands, both large and small, including 
the eight habitable islands of the state 
of Hawaii nestling some 1,400 miles 
north of the equator and 2,600 miles 
west of Los Angeles. Although tech- 
nically the Hawaiian chain extends to 
the northwest as far as Midway, a dis- 
tance equal to that from St. Louis to 
Seattle, those which are commonly 
thought of as the Hawaiian Islands 
cover an area only about 400 miles in 
length, and their name is taken from 
the largest and most easterly island, 
Hawaii. Other important islands of 
the group are Maui, Molokai, Lanai, 
Kauai, and Oahu, which is the most 
densely populated and also the seat 
of the capital, Honolulu. 

The Islands owe their origin to 
volcanic activity. There are still two 
active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and 
Kilauea, both on the "Big Island," as 
Hawaii the island is known to dis- 
tinguish it from the state of Hawaii. 

There is much beautiful, breath- 
taking, awe-inspiring scenery in the 
Islands— nigged mountains, tremendous 
cliffs with up to a two-thousand-foot 
drop, rocky shorelines, beautiful 
beaches with either white coral sand 
or black volcanic rock sand, fiery 
volcanoes, fertile green valleys, blue 
seas, coral reefs, lagoons, and great 
curling breakers up to twenty feet high, 
attracting the world's most skilled 
surfers. No matter what the season 
of the year, visitors marvel at the 
greenness of the plant life and the 

variety of the flowers. Orchids grow 
in profusion. 

The Islands have an annual average 
temperature of 75 degrees, with little 
variation between summer and winter, 
and day and night. In September 1965 
Honolulu had its hottest day ever, 93 
degrees. Even on winter mornings, 
when the thermometer drops to the 
chilling fifties, the temperature will 
rise by noon to the seventies and per- 
haps eighty degrees. Ocean currents 
and the prevailing northeast trade winds 
help to maintain this even climate. 

The beautiful scenery and the won- 
derful climate make Hawaii a great 
tourist resort. In 1967, over one mil- 
lion visitors came to the state. 

The economy of Hawaii revolves 
largely around two main industries, 
sugarcane and pineapple, and around 
the military and the tourist trade. 

The People 

The first known inhabitants of the 
Islands were Polynesians, and unless 
archaeological discoveries should prove 
to the contrary, it is thought that these 
people arrived here, having migrated 
from around Tahiti, only a few hundred 
years before the area was discovered 
by Captain Cook in 1778; as skilled 
navigators they crossed the Pacific in 
their big double oceangoing canoes. 
They were characterized by bronze 
skin, large dark eyes, heavy features, 
white teeth, and dark brown or black 
hair which might be either straight or 
wavy. Religiously they were given over 
to spirit-worship and all sorts of de- 
basing superstition, and so moral de- 
gradation prevailed as it does wherever 

the true God is not known. Infanti- 
cide and human sacrifice were prac- 

The sad conditions prevailing when 
Cook discovered Hawaii were aggra- 
vated by the visits of white traders, 
"who," writes Dr. A. T. Pierson, "vio- 
lated every law of God and man, 
dealt treacherously and brutally with 
the natives, indulged in shameless de- 
bauchery, and introduced rum and 
venereal diseases which wrought fear- 
ful havoc and decimated the popu- 

In 1778 the population was 
300,000, but by 1878 it had dropped 
to 58,000. The decline was then ar- 
rested and a climb began. By 1964 
the total population had risen to 
714,000, including 60,000 in the armed 
forces. The projected population for 
1970 is 849,000. 

Ethnically, the population is very 
different now from the days of Cap- 
tain Cook. Migrants came from many 
quarters, chiefly to work on the sugar- 
cane plantations. They began to come 
as follows: Chinese, 1852; Polynesians 
from South Sea islands, 1859; from 
Japan, 1868; Portugal, 1878; Germany, 
1881; Italy and Spain, 1898; Puerto 
Rico, 1900; Korea, 1903; Philippines, 
1906; Russia, 1909; Poland, 1914. 

Hawaii has truly been called a melt- 
ing pot. There has been much inter- 
marriage, and some can trace six racial 
strains; the product is many handsome 
men and beautiful women. 

These mingled peoples work very 

well together; representatives from each 

group will be found spread through all 

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the occupations and professions. Ha- 
waii's four Congressional representa- 
tives are all Oriental; Honolulu's Chief 
of Police is Chinese. 

According to the Department of 
Planning and Research, State of Hawaii, 
the people of the Islands are divided 
thus, religiously: no religion, 12.1%; 
Roman Catholic, 27.6%; Mormon, 

Statue of King Kamehameha I. He con- 
quered rival chiefs on his own island, Hawaii, 
then unified all the islands into one king- 
dom establishing the Kamehameha dynasty. 

2.7%; Protestant, 39%; Buddhist, 
15.8%; other and not reported, 2.8%. 

The Brethren Testimony 

Brethren missionary work began on 
Oahu in the early 1950's when a 
Brethren serviceman, Technical Ser- 
geant Edwin J. Jones and his wife were 
stationed in the Red Hill military 
housing area. Keen for the Lord, they 
started a Sunday school which the 
Lord blessed with growth. Knowing 
they would be leaving the island when 
their tour of duty was up, they ap- 
pealed to the Foreign Missionary So- 
ciety, Hawaii still being a territory and 
not a state, to send a missionary. The 
Board was led to accept the challenge, 
and so in 1953 Rev. and Mrs. Foster 
Tresise went as self-supporting mission- 
aries to carry on the testimony. Later, 
the FMS undertook their support. 
Then in 1959 Rev. and Mrs. Edmund 
Leech were set aside to help in the ex- 
pansion of the Brethren testimony, and 
were led to settle in a new housing 
settlement at Waimalu on the shores 
of Pearl Harbor. In 1960 the Tresises 
were led to the new housing area of 
Waipio. The original work at Red Hill 
was carried on by the local church un- 
til the government closed down the 
area and the people had to relocate 

At both Waipio and Waimalu, local 
churches have been organized and 
many people have been won to the 
Lord and are now seeking to win others 




Please include the foreign missions fellowship 
dinner in your plans if you will be attending the 
1969 National Conference at Winona Lake. The 
date is Tuesday, August 12. Missionaries on fur- 
lough will be present, and Dr. Glenn O'Neal will be 
the speaker. Further details will be carried a little 
later in foreign missions publications, and in a 
letter to your local church. 

A new, high-rise office building in Hono- 
lulu with a revolving restaurant on top. 

to Him. The constituency of these 
congregations is mostly non-Caucasian. 
Some of the fruits of the Gospel here 
are now at Grace College. 

There is a great need for the kind 
of testimony which The Brethren 
Church has to present, but there are 
many adversaries. The ministry in 
Hawaii has been carried on in the face 
of difficulties. The expansion of the 
work on Oahu has been hindered be- 
cause of the difficulty of securing land 
for church building. Dr. Russell Barn- 
ard once said he had never seen such a 
land-hungry place as Hawaii. Land is 
not only very scarce but is also pro- 
hibitive in price. So, the testimonies 
are carried on in homes. The Sunday 
school at Waipio meets in a small 
chapel, known as the "House of Praise," 
which was built in the backyard of the 
missionary's home. 

The Challenge 

The challenge of Hawaii is very 
great. According to Dr. Billy Graham, 
Hawaii has the lowest percentage of 
born-again Christians of any of the 
fifty states. The cults are very active, 
and materialism, agnosticism, and 
atheism are rampant and very much in 
vogue. The storms rocking the main- 
land universities have reached Hawaii. 
Nihilism and despair and the "let us 
eat, drink, and be merry" spirit are all 
around. The Brethren churches must 
accept the challenge. Those who have 
received the Lord through the Breth- 
ren testimony are indeed grateful. We 
must therefore press on to reach the 
many who have not yet heard. ▼ 

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Paradise of 
the Pacific 

The lovely island of Oahu, forming 
a part of the Hawaiian Islands, never 
fails to impress the newcomer as the 
end of his search for a paradise. The 
friendly people of Oriental and Cau- 
casian backgrounds, the bluest of blue 
Pacific waters caressing the lovely 
beaches, the prosperous and healthy 
economy, and a warm climate all help 
to lure thousands of new inhabitants 
to the island. Close to 38,000 people 
moved to Hawaii last year, and over 
half of them were under twenty-four 
years of age. 

Actually, Hawaii is far from a true 
paradise. The ideal climatic and en- 
vironmental conditions do not change 
the nature of man, and one's dream of 
an earthly paradise is soon shattered. 
Sinful human nature is just as evident 
here as it is in the rest of the world. 

Christianity was introduced to the 
Islands in 1820 by Congregational 
missionaries from New England, and 
the Hawaiians were gradually converted 
to Christianity. However, the arrival 
of Chinese laborers in 1852 brought 
the religions of China— Buddhism, Tao- 
ism, and Confucianism. Later, the 
Japanese introduced Shintoism. 

The Brethren Church has two con- 
gregations in Hawaii, one under the 
direction of Rev. and Mrs. Edmund 
Leech, and the other, Rev. and Mrs. 
Foster Tresise. It was indeed a thrill- 
ing experience to be in the presence of 
both these congregations and to hear 
their glowing testimonies for Christ. 
Brethren work in Hawaii has a distinct 
Oriental flavor, and many of the mem- 
bers were converted out of Buddhism. 
The fact that such a high percentage 
of the members is of Oriental descent 
makes the work unique, because many 
of the mainland-sponsored churches 
minister mainly to Caucasians, consist- 
ing of military personnel as well as 
mainlanders who are now permanent 
residents of the island. 

The biggest problem facing our 
Brethren in Hawaii is the high cost of 
land (much of it lease land) on which 
to build a church building. Their 
present meeting places are taxed to 
capacity; thus, growth cannot occur 
without the needed room for expan- 
sion. But land is available for out- 
right purchase if one is able to pay 
the exorbitant price. Continue to pray 
that God will meet this urgent need 
for the Hawaii congregations. 

Resolutions Made by N.A.E. 

Delegates to the twenty-seventh an- 
nual convention of the National Asso- 
ciation of Evangelicals, meeting in the 
Netherland-Hilton Hotel, Cincinnati, 
Ohio, April 15-17, passed resolutions 
on the following topics: 

Federal controls in higher educa- 

Relations with government; 

Envoy to the Vatican; 

Pornography and the courts; 

The moral crisis in America. 

A portion of the resolution in rela- 
tion to the last topic is quoted here in 

"As evangelicals we view with pro- 
found alarm the increasing tempo of 
assault against the moral defenses of 
society. The cultural centers of many 
American cities are becoming cesspools 

{Continued on page 8) 

A Moment with Missions 

By Rev. John W. Zielasko 
Foreign Secretary 

June 14, 1969 

The Name Is Familiar, 
But the Face Is New! 

I he second member of one family 
to be called of the Lord to serve in 
Africa, Carol Mensinger will follow the 
trail of her older brother, Eddie, who 
is now in the United States for fur- 
lough after spending his first term on 
the field. Carol pays tribute to her 
brother as a strong influence which the 
Lord has used in the direction of her 

The Mensinger home was, and is, a 
small farm just outside New Troy, 
Michigan, and New Troy was the scene 
of all Carol's education up through the 
high school years. Her earliest mem- 
ories are of a Christian home and of 
attending church regularly— the church 
being New Troy Brethren, which 
played a significant role in the Men- 
singer family life and in Carol's life 
personally. She was involved in almost 
every possible activity of her church. 

"It was only natural," says Carol, 
"to go on to Grace College." And, 
"after four years of real effort"— for 
she had to work as well as study, she 
received her B. A. degree in 1963. Then 
she became a schoolteacher for three 
years, an instructor in mathematics at 
Bridgman (Michigan) High School, not 

Carol Mensinger 

far from New Troy. 

Although she enjoyed teaching, 
Carol left this field to return to Winona 
Lake and enter Grace Seminary, en- 
rolling in the M.R.E. program to further 

prepare for serving the Lord. She was 
awarded this degree at the 1969 semi- 
nary commencement. During the time 
of her seminary course she worked 
part time at first, and more recently, 
full time in Grace's financial office. 

For some years the mission field 
has been upon Carol's heart as God 
has revealed His plan for her life, and 
now the time of her going approaches 
in only a few months. It is planned 
that she will study the French language 
at Albertville, France, where Dan and 
Sherry Hammers will also be studying. 
Carol needs to leave the U.S. this com- 
ing September in order to be at Albert- 
ville for the beginning of the school 

Carol needs funds for her outfit. 
Complete information on this is going 
out to the churches of the Fellowship. 
Her total support must also be under- 
written. She is completely dependent 
upon the response of Brethren churches 
in these matters. 

Another laborer is answering the 
Lord's call to His harvest fields in these 
crucial days! It is the privilege of 
Brethren in the homeland to help her 
on her way! ▼ 

A Moment . . . 

(Continued from page 7) 
of filth. Obscenity in its worst forms 
is sent through the mails with apparent 
impunity. Nudity has become open 
and flagrant on the motion picture 
screens of the land. At home sex 
vies with irreverence for the domin- 
ation of our television screens. . . . The 
N.A.E. calls on all Christians to re- 
cover in their witness to the un- 
changing Biblical basis for private and 
public morality. We further urge all 
Christians to resist the assault upon 
the moral foundations of our culture, 
by voicing vigorous protests against 
filth whenever possible; by opposing 

public school sex education courses 
without moral guidelines; and by sup- 
porting movements among youth and 
adults dedicated to the restoration of 
decency in our time." 

Notice that it is the sex education 
program without the moral and spiri- 
tual guidelines which is cause for pro- 

The official Sex Information and 
Educational Council of the United 
States (SIECUS) under the director- 
ship of Mary Calderone insists "that 
there should be no attempt whatever 
on the part of the instructor to risk 
frustrating the pupil by teaching right 

and wrong in the matter" (EP). 

Thus, we are well on our way to 
train up a generation whose loose sex 
standards will spell the moral collapse 
of the nation. We take the time to 
mention this here because a morally- 
depleted land will be in no condition 
to maintain a missionary program. 

Neither "the pill," the advance of 
medicine to reduce the threat of dis- 
ease, or the public "broad-minded ap- 
proach to sex" has annulled the Sev- 
enth Commandment. "Thou shalt not 
commit adultery" is as valid now as 
the day Moses received this law from 
God. ▼ 


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The picture at the left shows the Mis- 
sionary Helpers Club of the Calvary 
Brethren Church at Alto, Michigan. Mrs. 
Frank Kauffman is the leader of this fine 
group of boys and girls. 

1969 Coloring Contest 

Every two months Aunt Alys sends a letter to each boy 
and girl who is on the MHC mailing list. In the April letter 
they received the picture for this year's coloring contest. 
It is like the "Boats of Brazil" picture shown here, but 
much bigger in size. If any child of age 6 to 1 2 reads this 
page and is not a member of the MHC but would like to 
be, he or she may write to this address, giving full name, 
address, and date of birth, and can still receive a coloring 
contest picture: Missionary Helpers Club 

Box 588 

Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 










June 14, 1969 

A Scrapbook 


mousing band music, orchestral 
arrangements, enthusiastic song serv- 
ices, and inspired preaching all com- 
bined to make a lasting impression on 
the youth of the Central African capital 
during the 1969 Easter vacation. 

Under the direction of Martin Gar- 
ber the Yaloke "Fanfares" (brass band) 
attracted dozens of young people to 
the evangelistic meetings. The "Fan- 
fares" were organized only six months 
ago from among the students of the 
Preparatory School of Theology, and 
have made such phenomenal progress 
with their cornets, trombones, clari- 
nets, tubas, and flutes that they have 
recently drawn highly favorable com- 
pliments from the President of the 

Equally impressive was the "Orches- 
tre" playing under the direction of 
Colette Steudler. This group formed 
from the students of the James Gribble 
High School contributed greatly to the 
success of the evangelistic services as 
they played their guitars, melodicas, 
triangles, and African drum, and sang 
rhythmic gospel songs in French to the 

glory of the Lord. Especially appealing 
were the Christian folk songs of Jolly 
and Pefio as they accompanied them- 
selves on their guitars. 

The evangelistic effort was directed 
to the vacationing high school and 
junior college young people of the city. 
The theological students gave personal 
testimonies and their teacher, Don 
Hocking, presided. However, so attrac- 
tive were the "Fanfares" and the "Or- 
chestre" that dozens of children crowd- 
ed into the church. Therefore, follow- 
ing the musical portion of the service, 
the children were moved to a separate 
building and special illustrated messages 
were given by Dorothy Beaver. During 
the four days many of these children 
raised their hands indicating a desire 
to receive Christ into their hearts. 

The climax of each service was the 
short, powerful gospel message brought 
by Jean-Louis Steudler, director of the 
high school at Yaloke, on the theme, 
"II Est Mort Pour Nous" (He Died for 
Us). At the first service on Sunday 
afternoon, approximately 1,800 filled 
the Bangui church and over one hun- 

dred decisions were recorded. The 
week-day afternoon meetings were 
much smaller, and yet each day brought 
around twenty decisions from the 
"collegiens" to accept Christ as Lord 
and Saviour. 

Might this Easter youth meeting be 
the beginning of a great stirring of the 
Spirit of God in our midst? Pray with 
us that even in the midst of troublous 
times the African church might follow 
the example of their youth, and join 
themselves together in united interces- 
sory prayer and personal witnessing in 
order that the Lord might send a 
mighty revival which will yet sweep 
over this country.— Rev. Wayne Beaver 
(FMS editor's note: In connection with 
this last paragraph, a definite prayer 
request concerns an approach ing 
"Evangel ism-in-Depth" campaign, in 
which the missionaries of Baptist Mid- 
Missions and Brethren Foreign Missions 
will cooperate. Mr. Beaver is acting 
as coordinator for the Brethren. The 
campaign is aimed to be an all-out 
thrust to reach the lost of C.A. R. for 
the Lord during the next few years.) 

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NEW TROY, MICH. The theme 
for the Missionary conference at the 
New Troy Brethren Church was "Afri- 
ca: Past, Present, Future." Presenting 
the past history of our African mis- 
sions were Dr. and Mrs. Orville Jobson. 
The present picture was given by Rev. 
and Mrs. Eddie Mensinger, and Miss 
Carol Mensinger, who will begin lan- 
guage study in France this fall, before 
going to Africa, gave a look at the 
future. Gerald L. Kelley, pastor. 

CHEYENNE, WYO. Rev. Robert 
Whited has resigned as pastor of the 
First Brethren Church, effective Aug. 
24. He has accepted the call as pastor 
of the Grace Brethren Church of San 
Jose, Calif., beginning late in Aug. 

HARRAH, WASH. Members of the 
Harrah Brethren Church "fattened up" 
the Project X Fund, then sent $58 to 
Grace College to help furnish the stu- 
dent union building. Recently the 
young people purchased a sign to di- 
rect visitors to the church. On May 
21, Rev. Andrew Semenchuk of the 
Slavic Gospel Association presented an 
evening of sermon and song. He has 
served as Director of the Russian Bible 
Institute near Buenos Aires for twelve 
years, and has spoken at churches in 
Russia during the past year. Charles 
H. Winter, pastor. 

ren Missionary Herald Co. has estab- 
lished a memorial fund in memory of 
Mrs. Goldie Buikema, who went to be 
with the Lord on Apr. 18. (See "In 
Memoriam," col. 3.) Mrs. Buikema 
served as editorial secretary for the 
Missionary Herald from 1955-1965. 
Gifts received will be used to purchase 
books for the new Grace College and 
Seminary library, and a bookplate with 
a proper inscription will be placed in 
all books purchased. Anyone wishing 
to contribute to the memorial fund 
may do so by making your check pay- 
able to the Brethren Missionary Herald, 
and designating it "Buikema memorial 

INDIANA, PA. A Bible class has 
been conducted in Indiana, Pa., at 90 
Lincoln St., the first and third Tues- 
days of each month by Rev. Robert 
Crees, pastor of the Singer Hill Grace 
Brethren Church, since Jan. 1. The 
attendance for the adults has reached 
15, and a children's meeting started 
by Rev. Ralph Burns, pastor of the 
Geistown Grace Brethren Church, has 
had 17 in attendance. The class spon- 
sored a hymn sing in the Community 
Building on June 9, with nine Brethren 
churches providing special music. Any- 
one knowing of possible contacts in 
this area please send their name and 
address to Rev. Crees, Rt. l,Box 151, 
Conemaugh, Pa. 15909. 


Fetterhoff held services at the First 
Brethren Church of Norton Apr. 27- 
May 4. There were five first-time de- 
cisions recorded, and 10 rededications. 
The following Sunday there were 46 
present for a threefold communion 
service. Kenneth Cosgrove, pastor. 


"Community Morals Rally" was held 
in the Grace Brethren Church May 29 
at the request of residents of the sur- 
rounding community. The speakers 
were a local doctor and a police officer. 
The main topic of discussion was drugs. 
This seminar proved to be most bene- 
ficial to both parents and young peo- 
ple. Jack K. Peters, pastor. 

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Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

BUIKEMA, Mrs. Goldie E., 69, went 
to be with her Lord on Apr. 18, 1969. 
She had served the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co. as editorial secretary for ten 
years, retiring in 1965. At the time of 
her death, she was residing with a 
daughter in Geneva, New York. She 
had been a faithful member of the 
Winona Lake Brethren Church, Winona 
Lake, Ind. for 14 years. Survivors in- 
clude three daughters, Mrs. Lynn 
Schrock, serving with Brethren Foreign 
Missions in Argentina; Mrs. Norman 
Blake, in missionary service in Manila, 
Philippine Islands; and Mrs. James Hol- 
lenbeck, Geneva, New York; eleven 
grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, 
two brothers and two sisters. Services 
were conducted at the Grace Baptist 
Church, Geneva, New York, with burial 
in Chicago, 111. Charles Ashman, pas- 

Trustees H. J. Debo, N. Dent, D. Wal- 
dron, and R. Gilmore burn the mortgage. 

ROANOKE, VA. A "money tree' 

Pastor and Mrs. Cundiff rejoice with the 
"representative" mortgage in hand. They 
are standing in front of the "money tree" 
used in advertisement for the mortgage burn- 

with 56 blossoms, each symbolizing 

$500, was presented to the Peoples Federal Savings and Loan Association on 
March 17 by the Washington Heights Brethren Church as final payment on the 
building fund for the church. The first pastor of the church, Rev. Carl Miller, 
held nightly services the following week, climaxed by a homecoming and mort- 
gage-burning service on Palm Sunday. Those who participated in the service 
were: Rev. Vernon Harris, Dr. Herman A. Hoyt, Rev. Wendell Kent, Rev. 
Lester Pifer, and Rev. Dayton Cundiff. 


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a Gk. kot- 
mat. See 
Rev. 13: 
8, nott 

b Jn.8:46; 
2 Cor.5: 
4:15; 1 
19; 2:22 

c Gk. fcu- 
moi. See 

this 'world cometh, and hath 
'nothing in me. 

31 But that the 'world may know 
that I love the Father, and, as the 
Father gave me ''commandment, 
even so I do. Arise, let us go 
from here. 

The Vine and the branches 
•l am the >true /vine, and my 
Father is the *|vinedresser|. 


even as I have kept my Father's 
commandments, and abide in his 

11 These things have I spoken 
unto you, that my joy might re- 
main in you, and that your joy 
might be full. 

12 'This is my 'commandment, 
that ye love one another, as I 
have loved you. 

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Box 544 Winona Lake, Ind 46590 

June 14, 1969 


Standing, Stanley Long, director of Negro Division, American Tract Society; seated, 
facing camera, George Perry, president of Negro Evangelical Association. 

(Editor's note: Mr. Robert Dungy, student 
at Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana, was 
the representative of the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald magazine at the Black Christians' 
Literature Conference. Accompanying 
photos are by Mr. Dungy.) 

Horn April 28-30, 1969, we were 
privileged to attend the Black Chris- 
tians' Literature Conference, hosted 
by the American Tract Society, at 
Liberty Corners, New Jersey. The 
purpose of the conference was to dis- 
cover suitable suggestions for com- 
municating Christ to the black com- 
munity, and to establish a foundation 
upon which both black and white 
evangelicals may better understand 
Black-Americans. Approximately sixty 
evangelicals were in attendance. 

We were initially challenged by Dr. 
Frank E. Gaebelein, who traced the 
history of the printed page and its im- 
portance in "communicating Christ 

Fred Alexander (left), and Melvin Floyd, 
Teen Haven and Philadelphia policeman. 

across the frontier of black and white 
social lands." Rev. James Massey then 
stressed the necessity of understanding 
the Christian faith and the Great Com- 
mission as we use words to relate God 
to human life. 

The delegates were later divided in- 
to four commissions to define the role 
of literature in contemporary social 
problems, black identity, the inner 
city, and youth. As each commission 
addressed itself to one of these topics, 
several dominant themes reoccurred. 
First, Christian literature, as a whole, 
does not relate to the needs and ex- 
periences of black people. With the 
emergence of the new black self-image, 
epitomized by the watchword, "Black 
is beautiful! It is so beautiful to be 
black!"— colportage books dealing with 
black history and culture are needed. 

It was recognized that black writers, 
with an adequate grasp of the pulse 

Rev. Columbus Salley. 


Take Aim 
on Racism 

By Bob Dungy 

and needs of the black community, 
must play a prominent role in provid- 
ing adequate tracts, devotional books, 
and Sunday-school materials for the 
black community. 

Secondly, the black church has lost 
its relevance so that black young people 
are turning to Islam for spiritual vitali- 
ty. Black evangelicals were, therefore, 
enjoined to assert their influence by 
becoming more attuned to the black 
community and the quest for black 

Thirdly, the lateness of the hour de- 
mands concerted effort by the church 
to become involved in the black com- 
munity. Mr. Bailey declared that: 
"The allegiance of the black commun- 
ity is up for grabs"; therefore, it is im- 
perative for evangelicals to win that 

Fourthly, the commission unani- 
mously declared that cultural Chris- 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

ABOVE: Rev. James Massey, pastor of 
Metropolitan Church of God, Detroit (left), 
and Bob Dungy. 

tianity is a stumblingblock to black 
people. Our white evangelical brethren 
were urged to be missionaries to the 
white evangelical establishment, speak- 
ing out against racism and to lead the 
way to dynamic involvement in reach- 
ing black people for Christ. White 
evangelical magazines were urged to 
present more pertinent information 
about the black people. 

Finally, both black and white evan- 
gelicals, recognizing that they are co- 
laborers together with Christ, unani- 
mously accepted the challenge to be 
motivated by genuine love and the 
Holy Spirit in relating the Bible mes- 
sage to every area of life. 

Although we were a small gathering, 
we left the conference with the as- 
surance that the Holy Spirit would 
water the seed planted by God through 
the American Tract Society, as we im- 
plement its principles by personal ex- 
ample and exhortation. T 

Stanley Long, American Tract Society. 

ABOVE: L to R: Dr. Frank Gaebelein; Mr. and Mrs. Durodola, Nigeria. 
BELOW: Dr. Frank Gaebelein (left), and Rev. James Massey. 

BELOW: Bill Pannell, Tom Skinner Associates (left); 
Campus Life magazine. 

Dean Merrill, associate editor of 

June 14, 1969 


Then the Chaplain Pushed Off. 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

This is a true story told to Chaplain R. H. 
Warren by a Chief Petty officer who prefers 
to maintain anonymity. It describes the 
sacrifice of CDR George S. Rentz, CHC, 
USN, a Presbyterian clergyman who "for 
heroism and intrepidity in action and dis- 
tinguished service following the sinking of 
his ship " was awarded the Navy Cross post- 
humously. He died on 1 March 1942. 

\Jne of our starboard five-inch 
guns fired its last round and then the 
word came to abandon ship. It was 
midnight and USS HOUSTON was 
sinking. I had known since 7 Decem- 
ber that we would never make it home. 

For the past 10 weeks we had been 
at sea. First we ran some Aussie 
troops up to Singapore. Then we 
broke up a Japanese convoy off Borneo 
where we had our after eight-inch gun 
turret smashed. We were heavily 
bombed coming out of Darwin, and 
then this week we took a beating in 
the Java Sea. 

Just this morning we had pulled 
into Tjilatjap, topped off, and with 
HMS PERTH got right underway again. 
We were trying to make a nighttime 
run through the Sundra Strait which 
separates Sumatra from Java. If we 
made it, we would have clear sailing 
to Australia. 

We were doing okay 'til just before 
midnight when from my station on 
the signal bridge I saw bright red 
flashes reaching out for us. We took 
several hits which must have gotten to 
our engine rooms. We slowed down, 
began to list, and then stopped almost 
dead in the water. I couldn't see 
PERTH anywhere around. 

It was easy to get over the side. I 
just monkeyed down a line thrown 
over from the signal bridge. The chap- 
lain shinned down the line right be- 
hind me. As soon as I hit the water I 
realized I didn't have my life jacket on. 
Half the guys in the water didn't have 
one. It was awfully dark. The men 
were quiet, somewhat scared but not 
yelling. The water wasn't too cold, 
but I would have felt a lot better if it 

had been light. I started toward a 
pontoon raft. 

The life raft was way overcrowded. 
Guys were piled on it and were hang- 
ing onto its edges. Other men were 
treading water around it hoping to 
catch hold. Some sailors were hanging 
onto timbers and were hugging any- 
thing that floated. I wondered how 
far it was to land, if the enemy would 
come and pick us up, or kill us, or 

The first few minutes in the water 
were very confusing. It seemed as if 
the whole ship was bunched together 
around the raft. Some of the men in 
the water and on the raft were burned 
or badly hurt. They couldn't last long 
in the sea and the bobbing heads soon 
thinned out. Two or three of the boys 
on the raft died. They were gently 
pushed off to make more room. I was 
pulled onto it and was glad to be on 
something solid. The ship's crew was 
spread out and separated now. 

Then HOUSTON went down. There 
was a terrific sucking and swirling of 
the water when she sank. Some of the 
sailors were caught up in the undertow 
and were pulled down with her. A few 
feebly called for help. Then it calmed 
down and the sea was very quiet. The 
Japanese ships did not seem to be any- 
where around. 

With HOUSTON gone we felt ter- 
ribly alone. The darkness was suffocat- 
ing. I saw our chaplain hanging onto 
the raft. He looked older than he did 
walking around the ship. It seemed 
strange his being there with us. He be- 
gan to try to cheer us up. He said 
he had been with the Marines in France 
in 1918 and there was nothing to 
worry about. He told us to put our 
trust in God and we would make it 

A few minutes later he quoted some 
passages of Scripture and offered a 
few sentences from a hymn. It took 
some of the cold and blackness out of 
the night. It seemed lousy to me that 

he got dumped into this mess. I knew 
that if anybody would make it he 

Now it was getting colder and lone- 
lier. Everybody was quiet. We all 
seemed to be deep in our own thoughts, 
but there were just too many of us 
hanging onto the raft. Many of the 
men didn't have life jackets and it was 
hard enough hanging onto the raft 
with one. If one more man got on, it 
would sink for sure. You could feel 
the level of despair rising. 

Then the chaplain, who had a life 
jacket, said to a kid next to him, "Here, 
take this. You're young and I've had 
my life." 

It got quiet again for a few minutes. 
But it seemed for sure that the raft was 
settling lower. Then in the pitch-dark 
you could hear the chaplain praying 
again. He was louder this time. He 
asked God to bless us all and prayed 
quietly. He spoke in a steady, calm 
voice that was positive it was being 
heard. He thanked God for his good 
life and for Christ always being so 
close to him. 

The young sailor next to him was 
very weak now. He asked the boy 
again to take the jacket but he refused. 
Then the chaplain just pushed off from 
the raft and swam out into the dark- 
ness. The young seaman went out to 
get him. He called his name a couple 
of times, but there was no answer. 
When he swam back to the raft he had 
the life jacket. The kid sobbed once 
as he pulled it on. 

I took a long hard look into the 
emptiness where the chaplain had gone. 
I wanted to call to him but couldn't. 
We could see the Morning Star now as 
first light was just breaking. As the 
darkness lifted I took the one last look 
out to where he had disappeared. I 
couldn't see him anywhere. I remem- 
bered his asking God that no matter 
what happened, we should trust Him. 
I knew then that I would live to tell 
about him. ▼ 

June 14, 1969 




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Pick of the 
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Dwight P. Baker, 
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A Living Letter 

for the Children's Hour 

Kenneth IM. Taylor (Chicago: Moody 
Press, 1968), 167 pages, $3.95. 

Kenneth Taylor has aided us im- 
mensely in supplying many paraphrases 
and devotional books geared to the 
understanding of children. This one 
opens up the Book of Romans in a 
new way. It is as if Paul were writing 
to children today. Taylor succeeds in 
keeping their interest by segmenting 
the whole or part of a chapter into 
short devotionals. —Lois Bobo, Sepul- 
veda, California 

Protest and Politics: 
Christianity and Contemporary 

Robert G. Clouse, Robert D. Linder, 
and Richard V. Pierard, editors (Green- 
wood, South Carolina: Attic Press, 
19681,271 pages, $5.95. 

The pervasive drabness of most 
evangelical writings on the social and 
moral issues confronting America to- 
day would almost excuse one for fore- 
going the reading of yet another. But 
to skip this volume of eleven essays 
would be a serious error indeed. It is 
a cogent appeal to conservative Chris- 
tians to respond to life as it is in the 
modern world, more specifically mod- 
ern America. The contributors are all 
practicing political scientists or histori- 
ans. This enables them to speak on an 
informed level rarely seen in evangelical 

Each essayist is also an active partic- 
ipant in evangelical church life. This 
insures their familiarity with the con- 
servative political stance, all too fre- 
quently misidentified as "Christian" 
stance, usually embraced by the funda- 
mentalist evangelical wing of Chris- 
tianity. It has also given them the 

sympathy lo spell out at length, and 
with a temperance I am not sure I 
could sustain, their opposition to such 
things as conservative foot-dragging in 
the civil rights movement, the "myth- 
of-monolith" view of communism cher- 
ished especially by fundamentalists, 
and wistful attempts to pretend that 
the welfare state just is not so. 

From Senator Mark O. Hatfield on 
the Christian in politics, to Robert G. 
Clouse on the Vietnam war, to Earl J. 
Reeves on the population explosion, 
to George Giacumakis, Jr., on the 
Arab-Israeli conflict, a wide range of 
topics is treated. Included are some 
of the most pressing problems, domes- 
tic and international, facing the United 
States today. To one who conceives 
the distinctively Christian ingredient 
in social life to be aspect of our re- 
sponse to the prevailing situation, rath- 
er than an attempt to identify and 
perpetuate supposedly Christian ele- 
ments within our cultural tradition, 
these essays come as a breath of fresh 
air. They do not propose to become 
a new political orthodoxy; Christians 
will debate some of these issues peren- 
nially. Rather, they examine the 
various ramifications of their assigned 
topics so that a more fully informed 
Christian populace might be equipped 
to act Christianly in today's world. 

Teen-agers— The Facts of Sex, 
Love and Life 

E. Edmund (Grand Rapids, Michi- 
gan: Zondervan Publishing House, 
1968), 139 pages, paper, $1.50. 

All that, and in just 139 pages. 

Any of the books reviewed 
on this page may be ordered 
from the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co., Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590. We pay 

Not Forgetting to Sing 

Nancy E. Robbins (Chicago: Moody 
Press, 1968, c1967), 179 pages, $3.95. 

Amy Carmichael started Dohnavur 
Home in 1901 to rescue children in 
India from slavery and prostitution. 
Though greatly used of God, the home 
grew into a giant, cumbersome com- 
munity where girls, women, and even 
men were sheltered from the outside 
world. Consequently, due to the far- 
reaching changes in India, they were 
not prepared to leave the home and 
enter the world of reality. 

Dr. Robbins records for us how the 
workers of Dohnavur recognized this 
problem, their work in changing Dohn- 
avur Home's methods of service, and 
their efforts to give the residents of the 
home a Christian perspective that 
would equip them for modern life.— 
Lyda Walter, Listie, Pennsylvania 

Reluctant Missionary 

Edith Buxton (Fort Washington, 
Pennsylvania: Christian Literature Cru- 
sade, 1968), 175 pages, $3.95. 

Edith Buxton's account draws from 
a wealth of memories of her father, C. 
T. Studd. It is the richer for her ex- 
periences trekking around Africa with 
the famous cricketer. The story de- 
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ures the author and her family ex- 
perienced in missionary work. 

As they departed on their first mis- 
sionary trip together, Studd christened 
himself "Baalam's Ass" and his future 
son-in-law "Noah's Dove." The ascrip- 
tions proved altogether too fitting. 
Studd's stubborn, unrelenting attitude 
and the other's forgiving, loving, never- 
say -hurry nature eventually caused 
them to part ways. Yet their vision 
for telling the good news of the Gospel, 
educating, and providing the Scriptures 
never altered. The Sudan Interior Mis- 
sion and the World Evangelization Cru- 
sade stand, in part, as memorials to 
their labors. 

Mrs. Buxton shows the intimate and 
personal side of life. Any Christian 
would profit from reading her story.— 
Roger V. Courtwright, Aleppo, Penn- 


Brethren Missionary Herald 




I want to thank you for the box of goodies you and the WMC sent me and the 
other college kids from our church. (My roommate thanks you too.) I appreciate your 
kindness and I'm especially thankful for your prayers. Even at a Christian college like 
Grace, there are still times when I specially feel the need of prayer. 

There is something I have to share with you, because I can't quite explain it to anyone 
else. I guess my mom has told you I have been dating a senior recently. He is really great. 
I've never met anyone like him. We have the same interests and we get along just fine. In 
fact, I have even grown in my spiritual life since dating him because he is really close to 
the Lord. 

Perhaps you wonder why I am concerned with all this going for me, but I really am. 
You see, John has made a decision for full-time Christian work and plans to enter Grace 
Seminary next fall. He feels the Lord is calling him to be a minister. So the problem is 
not him— it's me! You know how crazy I've always been, and such a scatterbrain. I 
honestly don't know if I was cut out to be a pastor's wife. Is it possible that I could 
really change enough to be a pastor's wife and raise a bunch of "P.K.'s"? You see, I 
really need some advice and fast. What do you think? Should I continue seeing him, or 
should we part as friends before either one of us gets hurt. I really care for him, but 
I've learned enough to know that the Lord's will is precious. I can't interfere with the 
Lord's will for John, and I must find His will for myself. 

Please keep this in confidence, and answer as soon as possible. 

In Christian love, 


P.S. Could you give me a little idea of what it is like to be a pastor's wife? 

Dear Jane: 

It was so good to receive your letter 
this week. I've given it much thought 
and I have had to pray much over how 
to answer your questions. You surely 
realize that there aren't always simple 
answers to all of life's questions. I am 
really pleased to note how much 
maturity your letter reflects. Yes, I 
recall more than one of your scatter- 
brained plans, but I also recall your 
decision for salvation and later for 
dedication. These were real, and I am 
sure the Lord is leading in your life. 

Then there is the matter of John. 
He sounds like a fine young man, and I 

believe the Lord has some purpose for 
bringing you together. Whether or not 
you should continue seeing each 
other— and I take it you mean rather 
steadily with a view toward more seri- 
ous things— only the Lord can tell you. 
I firmly believe that He will tell both 
of you, if you seek His leading. You 
should pray about it together. If you 
both want His will first in your lives, 
you will know if you can't go on to- 
gether. However, there is another con- 
dition which easily becomes involved, 
and that is emotion. It is possible to 
get caught up in showing affection un- 

til your heart is emotionally involved 
with merely romance. Don't misunder- 
stand me. Your affections and the ex- 
pression of your love, and deep emo- 
tion are all part of God's plan for true 
love and marriage. But don't let that 
be the basis of your decision until God 
has revealed His choice of a mate for 

Now then, the next problem is-are 
you cut out to be a pastor's wife? 
Only God knows, and I don't know for 
sure how you will know, but I know 
that when the time comes you will 

June 14, 1969 


know. I am not joking, for I went 
through a very similar experience. 

Perhaps you remember that I was 
raised as a "P.K." I felt I knew all 
about it, and I was determined to never 
marry a preacher. In fact, more than 
once I told my parents that I would 
never be a teacher, I would never 
marry a preacher, and that my children 
would never be raised as "P.K.'s." My 
mother said I should be careful because 
that may be just exactly what the Lord 
would ask me to do (and He did). I 
think about it often as I look back and 
wonder why I felt that way. I suppose 
part of it was a rebellion that all teen- 
agers have against something. Another 
part was a resentment of always being 
an example. Even in grade school I 
can remember remarks such as: "Be 
careful what you do when she's around. 
Her dad is a preacher." As I got older 
I realized that other kids could stay 
home from church to watch TV, baby- 
sit, or do homework, but I always had 
to attend every service. I interpreted 
this to be due to the fact that I was a 
"P.K.," not just because it was best for 
me. Then gradually the Lord began to 
work a change in my attitude. It didn't 
happen at just one revival service or at 
any given moment, but through a series 
of events. 

There were probably many messages 
that started me thinking, but the ones 


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that hit me the most were at camp. 
District activities were helpful, but old 
Bethany Camp was always a highlight. 
I was encouraged by meeting Christian 
kids from all over the country and I 
was impressed by the testimonies given. 

I believe the turning point came 
when I realized that I Timothy 4:12 
wasn't just for preachers' kids. When 
Paul said, "Let no man despise thy 
youth: but be thou an example of the 
believers, in word, in conversation, in 
charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity," 
he was setting the standard for all 
Christian young people. Then I real- 
ized that there were Christian young 
people who had happy, victorious lives. 
This was what I wanted. When I gave 
the Lord first place in my heart and 
plans, other things fell into place. I 
didn't know exactly what the Lord 
wanted me to do, but I was willing to 
be led. I began preparing to enter 
Grace College. 

It was at Grace College in the library 
one day that I met a seminary student. 
He said, "I understand you are a 'P.K.' 
too." I was thrilled at this opportunity 
to meet him and said, "Yes, I am. 
Where is your father a pastor?" Well, 
to my amazement he said: "Oh, he 
isn't a preacher, he's a painter!" We 
had a good laugh and sometime later 
began dating regularly. Before too long 
I had to face the same decision you are 
making now. After years of saying, 
"I'll never marry a preacher," should I 
continue dating a young man in semi- 

I assure you there was much heart- 
searching and prayer. I recalled a time 
in high school when I asked my dad 
why I hadn't had a specific call to 
some kind of Christian work. He had 
suggested that perhaps the Lord was 
only asking me to be willing and to be 
prepared, and then He would lead me 
to a young man whom He had called 
for a specific task. I asked the Lord 
again to show me if this was the way 
He was leading me. And I also asked 
Him to not let us continue seeing each 
other if this wasn't His will. (That's 
praying dangerously if you don't mean 
it.) Nevertheless, God saw fit to give 

us love for each other and we both 
knew this was God's best for us. 

We were married and we both fin- 
ished our schooling at Grace. After 
my husband graduated from seminary 
we were called to a pastorate. As we 
candidated some of those old doubts 
and fears came back. Yet when we 
were given a call, we knew it was of 
the Lord. After moving to the new 
field, I felt young, inexperienced, and 
alone. People were nice enough to me 
at church, but I wondered if I would 
ever belong. I also wondered who 
would ever want me as a pastor's wife. 
There wasn't anyone to tell us what to 
do, so we learned by doing. The weeks 
and months went by, and then tragedy 
struck. Only the Lord could use a mis- 
carriage as a blessing— but He did. Our 
loss was not ours alone, but it was 
shared by the congregation. They be- 
came our people and we belonged to 
them in anew way. Hearts were united 
together and we at last were at home. 
Through the years we have seen how 
sorrow and sickness in our own lives 
have made us more tender to the needs 
of others. 

As I look back on these years as a 
pastor's wife, I still have to ask myself, 
"Who am I?" Sometimes I'm a lonely 
wife because my husband's schedule is 
demanding and unpredictable. Some- 
times I'm a frustrated mother because 
"P.K.'s" are extremely human. Some- 
times I'm a teacher, secretary, hostess, 
gardner, musician, homemaker, 
mother, and wife all in the same week. 
Nevertheless, above all I am a child of 
God and my life belongs to Him. I 
never feel that I have arrived because 
there is always so much more to learn 
and to be done. Yet I'm thankful for 
the opportunities God has given me. 
I'm really happy to be able to say: 
"Thank you, Lord, for preparing me 
to be a pastor's wife." 

Well, Jane, my letter is already too 
long, and I probably haven't answered 
all your questions, but perhaps it will 
help. If you could suggest some 
specific questions on being a pastor's 
wife perhaps I could answer them 
another time. ▼ 

In Christian love; 
Mrs. Bradley 
Your pastor's wife 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

By Mrs. Herman Hein 

I he Lord willing, on Monday, June 
30, an eighteen-foot travel trailer, 
pulled by a 1969 Buick station wagon 
will leave Kokomo, Indiana, headed 
for Kenai, Alaska, 4,500 miles away. 
Within will be Rev. and Mrs. Herman 
Hein and son, Raymond, age eleven. 
A few fiber barrels of personal belong- 
ings, and boxes containing the pastor's 
library will already have been shipped 
on their way. We count it a privilege 
to dispose of all other earthly posses- 
sions accumulated over a twenty-four 
year marriage in order that we may 
travel as light as possible to our new 
mission point. 

Why such a move at this stage in 
life? In the earlier years of our minis- 
try, my husband and I were challenged 
by the field of Alaska as a result of a 
presentation by Dr. Paul R. Bauman, 
who had been to Anchorage for a 
chaplains' seminar. 

However, the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions Council was not able to enter 
this new field at that time. So years 
passed— our two daughters grew and 
married, a foster son and an adopted 
son were added to our family, and we 
continued on in home-mission pastor- 
ates. Then last year the Home Mission 
Council announced they were ready 
to explore the possibilities in Alaska 
and in July 1968 Pastor Hein was sent 
to make a survey. 

Anchorage was the first area to be 
considered. But it was soon discovered 
that out of 92 churches there, 65 were 
evangelical in their teaching. Pastor 
Hein knew this was not the place where 
God wanted our testimony established. 
After further study, the town of Kenia 
was chosen as the area to begin our 
work. It is the fastest growing area in 
Alaska. There are only three evangeli- 
cal churches in the vicinity, none of 
which are very active. In this pioneer- 

ing, growing town there are three 
taverns to every church. Dope and 
alcohlism are in the schools as well as 
outside. Truly this is an area desperate- 
ly in need of Christ. 

Since the Home Mission Council 
could not fully underwrite this new 
endeavor, it appeared to be necessary 
to have outside employment. So the 
Lord opened the door for Herman to 
return to his former trade as a service- 
man for the Toledo Scale Co. (At the 
time of this writing he is taking a five- 
week training course on new scales, 
developed since the time of his former 

Do we have a home, furniture, a 
nucleus of people, a meeting place for 
a church, do we know what lies ahead? 
NO! But God does! And He who 
calls will also supply. 

So pray for us; that as we step 
forth, God will continue to open doors, 
and the "Land of the Midnight Sun" 
will be lit by the light of the Son of 
God as The Brethren Church "stakes 
a claim" in Alaska. ▼ 

Rev. and Mrs. Herman Hein and son, Ray- 

June 14, 1969 


Guarantee of Victory 

It has been one year now that my 
husband has been the pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church in Bowling 
Green. As a pastor's wife and a new 
mother, the Lord has given me some 
real victories and has taught me a great 
deal. Of course, there have been trials 
and some difficulties, but we are prais- 
ing the Lord for the confidence He 
gives us of His will. Rather than to go 
into detail about personal problems 
and victories here, I would count it a 
privilege to share with you some les- 
sons concerning victory which the Lord 
has taught me from the Book of Job. 

In the account of Job's life, we are 
given a glimpse into the background of 
his suffering by being permitted to ob- 
serve the scene in heaven when Satan 
approached God and made accusation 
against Job, and we see God gave Satan 
permission to bring trial and suffering 
into Job's life. Throughout this time 
of terrible suffering, Job's primary de- 
sire was to hear from God and to be 
able to tell Him his situation and to 
plead his case. In chapter 13, verse 3, 
Job says: "Surely I would speak to the 
Almighty, and I desire to reason with 
God." Finally, in chapter 38 God does 
speak to Job; and as a result of this 
revelation from God, we find Job with- 
out any words of defense, but instead 
in an attitude of repentence and of 
submission to God's power. 

There are two developments in the 
Book of Job which are somewhat un- 
expected and are very interesting to 
to consider. The first is the ending of 
the book. As one reads, it is easy to 
think "If only Job knew the back- 
ground—if only he knew that Satan 
had approached God and had accused 
him and that God was permitting this 
only for a time to test him." Perhaps 
if the book had been written by merely 
a human writer with human logic and 
motivation, the ending would have con- 
sisted of God appearing to Job and ex- 
plaining to him all the details of what 
we read in the first two chapters. But 
this is God's Book and it tells of His 
working in the life of Job, and there- 
fore, does not conform to what we 
expect. Instead God reveals himself 
to Job— He overwhelms Job with His 
greatness and with His power. As 

By Mrs. John McKay 

a result, Job is made to see his own 
worthlessness in the light of all that 
God is. The book ends with Job not 
knowing what took place between God 
and Satan, and therefore, not knowing 
the full explanation of the purpose of 
his trial. 

This brings us to the second unex- 
pected circumstance. That is, Job did 
not ask God "Why?" He is thoroughly 
content and satisfied because he has 
been made willing to trust God apart 
from explanation. 

We need to be trusting the Lord 
because of who He is and because of 
what He has done. We can have confi- 
dence that He has revealed to us all 
that we need to know. When we feel 
like asking why God has permitted 
some circumstance or when we find 
ourselves yearning to know something 
that has not been revealed to us in His 
Word, this is the time we need to wait 
upon Him for a fresh glimpse into His 
great power and majesty. Deuterono- 
my 29:29 says: "The secret things be- 
long unto the Lord our God: but those 
things which are revealed belong unto 
us and to our children for ever. . . ." 

Job did not have the written Word 

of God, but we have. How desperately 
we need to be acquainted with it! 

The Lord will, in many cases, use 
trials and sufferings to bring us into a 
deeper knowledge and dependence 


upon Him. As a Christian wife and 
mother, the only way for me to ex- 
perience daily victory is through the 
Scriptures. For it is there that I learn 
more about our blessed Lord; and as I 
learn of Him, I am made to see myself 
as nothing in the light of His greatness. 
It is only when we have this proper 
perspective of God and of ourselves 
that we can experience genuine de- 
pendence upon Him to live through 
us and to use us for His glory. y 



Mrs. George Peters August 10 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Dr. Floyd Taber August 16 

Medical Center, Boguila via Bangui, Central African Republic ■ 

Mrs. Robert Juday August 18 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

B.P. 13, Bozoum via Bangui, Central African Republic 


Rev. Ernest Bearinger August 6 

Caixa Postal 368, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Mrs. George Johnson August 10 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Kevin Wayne Wallace August 19, 1965 

Caixa Postal 861, Belem, Para, Brazil 

Jeffrey Carl Farner August 20, 1967 

Caixa Postal 86 1 , Belem, Para, Brazil 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

For What Do You Search? 

Where are you going? 
As you rush to and fro; 
For what are you searching, 
Do you really know? 

Is your mind ill at ease? 
Are you trying to find 
Something that will calm 
And give peace of mind? 

Is there fear in your heart 
You are trying to still? 

A feeling of emptiness 
That this world cannot fill? 

Oh, weary traveler, 
Come, listen to me, 
Your trouble is over 
Just you come and see! 

You must lay down your troubles, 
Your cares, and your sin; 
Just open your heart's door, 
And let Jesus come it. 

He will quiet your fears, 
And give peace of mind, 
For He is the Saviour 
Who is gentle and kind. 

So turn from your travel, 
Slow down, and rest; 
Be still, and listen, 
Your soul He will bless. 

—G. Faith Boatman 

Adapted from I Cor. 13 

"Though I speak with the tongue 
of scholarship, and though I use the 
approved methods of the Pen Pointers 
and fail to win other women to Christ, 
I am become as sounding brass or a 
tinkling bell. 

"And though I have the best of 
'WAYS AND MEANS' skill and un- 
derstand all mysteries of religious psy- 
chology, and though I have all Biblical 
knowledge, and lose not myself in the 
task of soul-winning, I am nothing. 

"And though I read all Brethren 
and WMC literature, and attend nation- 
al conference, district rallies and Bible- 
training classes and yet am satisfied 
with less than winning to Christ and 
establishing my children and pupils 
in Christian character and service, it 
profiteth me nothing. 

"The soul winning WMC'er, the char- 
acter building SMM Patroness suffereth 
long and is kind; she envieth not others 
who are free from 'WORKING IN MY 

CHURCH'; she vaunteth not herself, is 
not puffed up with intellectual pride. 
Such a woman doth not behave her- 
self unseemly between meetings, seek- 
eth not her own comfort, is not easily 
provoked. Beareth all things, believeth 
all things, hopeth all things. 

"And now abideth, 'HOW TO,' 
-these four. But the greatest of these 
is soul-winning. " 

(Missionary Birthdays continued) 


Terry Lee Mien August 27, 1959 

Chateau de St. Albain, 71-Lugny, France 


Phillip Valdo Guerena August 10, 1959 

Apartado 8-961, Mexico 8, D.F., Mexico 

Rev. Jack B. Churchill August 20 

518 Blackshaw Lane, San Ysridro, California 92073 


Rev. Bill Burk August 5 

Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Mrs. Lynn Schrock August 17 

Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Dr. J. P. Kliever August 21 

Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Miss Elizabeth Tyson August 25 

105 Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

National WMC 




(Ladies, a generous 

offering is needed 

for this fund) 

June 14, 1969 


In Iowa- "Vision, Action, Victory 


March 20, 1969 was an important 
date for the WMC ladies of the Iowa 
District. This was the day they traveled 
to the city of Davenport for their an- 
nual Spring Rally and day of fellow- 
ship. It was especially exciting for me, 
as I had not been privileged to be in 
the Davenport church before. 

Gwen Thompson of the Garwin 
church gave morning devotions using 
Matthew 28:1-8 as the basis for her 
meditation. Margaret Andrew, district 
prayer chairman, led the women in 
prayer. The business session for the 
day included election of officers. The 
following ladies will be installed at the 
district conference in June: President, 

Meets in 
Hagerstown, Md 

The Grace Brethren Church, Hagers- 
town, Maryland, hostessed the Family 
Fellowship Rally of the Mid-Atlantic 
District, April 11, 1969. 

The theme was "Camp Grace." A 
day at camp was portrayed by the dif- 
ferent churches who had been assigned 
various activities, starting with rising in 
the morning. Some of the highlights 
of the program were chapel, with 
special music; and a missionary quiz, 
conducted by Rev. Wendell Kent. 
Mealtime was really a "riot." And, of 
course, what would camp be without 
mail-call, with all the "sweet nothings," 
and the receiver trying to get his mail 
before the secrets are revealed. 

And last of all, the campfire service 
with all the campers seated around the 
fire, singing to the guitar accompani- 
ment by Rev. Thornton. He also 
brought a challenging message. 

Our offering for this project was 
$ 75 plus aprons, towels, and so forth, 
to be used in the kitchen. Our prayers 
are that more of our youth will be en- 
couraged to go to camp, for many 
young people have dedicated their lives 
to serve the Lord during a week there. 
- Virginia Shingleton 


Pat Carter, Dallas Center; Vice Presi- 
dent, Barbara Brotherton, Davenport; 
Secretary, Lillian Hoover, Dallas Cen- 
ter; Treasurer, Myron Bisek, Cedar 
Rapids; Editor, Loreta Schrock, Water- 
loo; Assistant Editor, Mrs. Lester Penn, 
Waterloo; Prayer Chairman, Margaret 
Andrew, Leon. The names of Florence 
Lesh and Florence Sackett were ap- 
proved for SMM patroness and Sue 
Ryerson for assistant patroness. 

"Vision, Action, Victory" was the 
theme for the day and was carried 
out very nicely in the name tags and 
programs made for the occasion. Lois 
Miller was guest speaker and told of 
her work in Afric? 

Looking forward in the district we 
see plans for district conference to be 
held in Des Moines. A portion of the 
WMC agenda will include installation 
of officers and a time of learning more 

of the work in Argentina. 

Winona, Minnesota has extended an 
invitation to the WMC to hold the fall 
rally in their church. We have accepted 
their invitation and are looking for- 
ward to learning firsthand of the Lord's 
work there. We understand there is 
much to see in and around Winona, in 
the way of scenery. With the coloring 
of leaves in the fall these will be added 

Lesson studies on, "How to Have A 
Victorious Life" have been an en- 
couragement. Over and over we have 
been shown how this life can only be 
a reality through our personal faith 
and relationship with Jesus Christ. 
Proverbs 3:5 and 6 give us the assur- 
ance of His leading in our lives if we 
will only trust in Him. So it is we trust 
Him to direct in the Iowa District 
WMC. -Pat Carter T 

Northwest District hat contest. 

'Hats off" in Northwest 

Many unique hats were worn re- 
cently at one of the WMC meetings at 
district conference held in Kent, Wash- 
ington. They were designed to repre- 
sent local projects of each council. 
They demonstrated how the ladies 
were busy "Manifesting Christ" not 
only with their witness and testimony, 

but also with the labor of their hands. 
One shows the design of a new church 
recently completed in the district. 

Mrs. Harold Ball showed pictures 
taken during her stay in Africa. 

We also had election of officers and 
plan to have a district WMC retreat in 
the fall. -Mrs. Roy Sharpe T 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (EP)-President Nixon re- 
ceived a specially bound New Testament symbol- 
izing the one billionth Scripture distributed by the 
American Bible Society, and complimented the 
Society for its Today 's English Version. 

Examining a standard paperback edition of the 
TEV, which is subtitled Good News for Modern 
Man, the President said, "I like the feel of it- 
Good News for Modern Man. Of course, the New 
Testament would be so appropriate for that." 
He also commended the version for its use of sub- 
heads and drawings. "They're done in good taste... 
(and not) flamboyantly," he told the Society 
officials making the presentation. "I think this is 
very important," he added, explaining that the 
kind of Bible he grew up with was in small print 
and "not particularly easy to read from a physical 
standpoint. [In] these days of mass communica- 
tion, with everybody competing for the reader, our 
young people particularly are used to things being 
packaged in more . . . saleable terms, and I think 
that's exactly what you've done here." 

NOTRE DAME, IND. (EP)-A University of 
Notre Dame research team reported here that the 
shifting of students from closing Catholic elemen- 
tary and secondary schools next year may cost 
U.S. taxpayers an estimated $32,200,000. The 
data was based on a survey of the nation's 148 
Catholic school superintendents. Data collected 
by the researchers indicated that 1 1 new elemen- 
tary or secondary schools will be opened in Catho- 
lic dioceses next year, 1 1 1 schools will close or 
consolidate classes, 301 schools will close down 
completely at the end of the current academic 
year, and 60,000 students, now attending parochial 
or diocesan schools, will shift to public schools in 
the Fall. The figure of $32,200,000-for "opera- 
tional" costs— to be borne by taxpayers was reached 
by using the $638.00 national average per pupil 
expenditure in the nation's public schools. 

SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK.-Patrick J. Zonder- 
van, co-founder and president of the Zondervan 
Publishing Company, and Zondervan Music Pub- 
lishers, Inc., was awarded the honorary degree, 
Doctor of Literature, by John Brown University, 
in Commencement exercises held there on Satur- 
day, May 24. 

Dr. Zondervan was honored for his many years 
in the field of Christian publishing, and for his un- 
tiring work in all Christian endeavors. 

MUSKEGON, MICH. -On May 6, at a breakfast 
hosted by Rich De Vos, president of AmWay 
Corporation, Billy Zeoli, president of Gospel Films, 
announced the launching of an "Operation Decen- 
cy" program and the production of a documen- 
tary film on the decency movement in the United 
States. (The Brethren Missionary Herald Company 
is an authorized agent for Gospel Films.) At that 
breakfast, Mr. Zeoli said: "There is a crisis facing 
America. Sensuality, perversion and filth of every 
description are challenging young people to com- 
mit acts of indecent exposure and nudity as part 
of a new moral freedom. The general public seems 
apathetic and the majority remains uninvolved. It 
is the young people themselves who are beginning 
to protest the moral breakdown in our society. 

"Our Operation Decency project is an effort to 
have our cameras where the action of wholesome 
youth is, so that a generation of bewildered teen- 
agers may see that there are decent, wholesome, 
and patriotic youth who are willing to stand up and 
be counted. In this way, we are trying to encourage 
the 'silent majority' to lose that label by taking a 
public stand for decency, for country and the 
Lord Jesus Christ." 

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (EP)-The trustees of 
the Christian School Educational Foundation allo- 
cated $48,619.61 to underwrite the 1969-70 cur- 
riculum and scholarship programs of the National 
Union of Christian Schools. The action was taken 
at the foundation's annual meeting in Grand Rapids. 
The sum was the largest ever granted by the founda- 
tion in its 20-year history of providing financial as- 
sistance for study and research in many phases of 
Christian education. 

PRINCETON, N.J. (EP)-The same attitude 
among adults kept cropping up in a nation-wide 
Gallup Poll— "Kids today think the world can be 
changed overnight," and "Young people want 
everything given to them on a silver platter." 
The complaints registered most often, said the 
Gallup Poll, were: 1 . Undisciplined behavior, cam- 
pus protests; 2. Lack of respect for authority; 3. 
Young people are overindulged; 4. Manner of dress, 
appearance. The survey was designed to obtain 
the biggest gripes and was not geared to have 
adults evaluate young people as a whole. Un- 
doubtedly many would agree with the Missouri 
farmer who said: "The minority get the publicity 
and make all kids look bad." 

June 14, 1969 


The National Fellowship of Brethren Laymen 

Harold Jones, Editor 

Russell Enzor, national 
secretary, wears the new blazer. 

National Laymen 
Choose Blazer; 
Announce Winona 
Conference Plans 

Russell Enzor, pictured above mod- 
eling the Red Blazer adopted by the 
National Fellowship of Brethren Lay- 
men, has assumed the duties as our 
national secretary. Mr. Enzor is active 
in the Lexington, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
Church, serving as Sunday-school teach- 
er and music director, and has served 
as vice president of the Northcentral 
Ohio District Laymen. 

Laymen's Sessions— will convene, 
August 12-16, 1969, at the auditorium 
of the Free Methodist Publishing House 
in Winona Lake, Indiana. Plan now to 
attend each session starting at 7 a.m. 
with prayer time, 7:30 a.m. fellowship 
time with coffee and rolls, and then 
the program at 8 a.m. with President 
Edward Jackson in charge. 

Iowa District 
Retreats, Elects 
New Slate 

The Iowa District Fellowship of 
Brethren Laymen met for their semi- 
annual retreat at the Ox Yoke Inn at 
Amana, Iowa. The morning session 
included a time for personal testi- 
monies and prayer. Marvin Intermill 
brought a short message on Christian 
Service Brigade work and challenged 
the men to greater involvement and 
cooperation with the work in the local 
churches. At the business meeting the 
following men were elected officers 
for the new year: President , Dick Burk; 
Vice President, Lloyd Weinger; Secre- 
tary-Treasurer, Clyde Williams; and 
Boy's Advisor, Marvin Intermill. 

Evangelist Allen Herr brought the 
main message of the day, using I Corin- 
thians 16:13 as his text. The message 
"A Man's Message for Men" was de- 
livered in a stirring, forceful manner 
which was a challenge and blessing to 
ail— Clyde Williams, secretary. 

Northeastern Meets 
at Wooster 

The Laymen's Hour at the North- 
eastern Ohio District Conference was 
held at the First Brethren Church in 
Wooster, Ohio, with President Robert 
Sunthimer in charge. The male quartet 
from the Rittman First Brethren 
Church furnished the special music. 
Charles Stewart, field representative for 
Christian Service Brigade was the speak- 
er and showed slides on Christian Serv- 
ice Brigade. A district laymen's meet- 
ing was held May 8, at the Akron 
Haven of Rest Rescue Mission. 

Northwest Men Confer, 
Choose New Officers 

Thirty-two men of the Northwest 
District Fellowship of Brethren Lay- 
men enjoyed their spring retreat re- 
cently at the Lake Sammamish Bible 

Conference grounds near Bellevue, 
< Washington. A. Reid Jepson, Sambica 
Executive Director, brought three Bible 
messages on the theme: "Business and 
the Christian's Responsibility." Offi- 
cers elected for the coming year were 
President, Willard Crews of Harrah; 
Secretary-Treasurer, Sidney Turtle of 
Sunny side; First Vice President in 
charge of membership, Gordon Stover 
of Harrah; Second Vice President in 
charge of program, Lyle Holmes of 
Grandview; Third Vice President in 
charge of Boy's Work, Doug Weinmann 
of Grandview; Fourth Vice President 
in charge of recreation, Louis Deimer 
of Kent; and Pastoral Advisor, Rev. 
Charles Winter of Harrah. 

Allegheny District 
Rallies; Organizes 
Group at Meyersdale 

The Allegheny District Fellowship 
of Brethren Laymen recently held a 
rally at the Grace Brethren Church in 
Washington, Pa., with three of the 
national officers present: Ed Jackson, 
Fred Peters, and Harold Jones. The 
host church served a spaghetti dinner. 

Laymen organized at the Meyers- 
dale Grace Brethren Church with the 
following officers elected: President, 
Walter M. Fike; Vice President, Richard 
G. Nicholson; Secretary, Don West; 
Assistant Secretary, Howard Shumaker; 
Treasurer, Robert Lohr; and Assistant 
Treasurer, Nevin Hersch.-D/'sm'cf Pres- 
ident E. A. Kelley, Sr., reporting. 






+ Inspirational speakers 

+ Informative workshops 

+ Tremendous fellowship 

+ Short business sessions 

Come and join with 
Brethren men from across 
the nation for this great time 
of fellowship and inspira- 
tion. Remember the dates 
. . . August 12-16. 


Brethren Missionary Herald 

L to R: Harold Jones; Russell Enzor; President Ed Jackson; retiring Secretary Millard S. Speece; Fred Peters; and Marlin Rose. 

Meet the National Officers 

Millard Speece of Dayton, Ohio, 
retired as national secretary because 
of his health. At a recent meeting in 
Worthington, Ohio, the national com- 
mittee presented Mr. Speece a plaque 
in memory of his past years of faithful 
service as national secretary. Millard 
Speece was born December 28, 1904 
and was reared on a farm in Champaign 
County, Ohio. At the age of 12 he 
accepted Christ as his personal Saviour 
at a country church. In his teens he 

Southern Ohio 


at Brookville 

The Southern Ohio District Fellow- 
ship of Brethren Laymen recently met 
at the Brookville Grace Brethren 
Church for their rally and election of 
officers. Election results were Keith 
Hirschey, president; Everett Duebner, 
vice president; Dick Darby, secretary; 
Darrell Landis, treasurer; and Paul 
Harshberger, assistant secretary-treas- 
urer. Laymen of the Southern Ohio 
District held their annual crusade on 
May 21-23 at the Brookville Grace 
Brethren Church with Evangelist Gor- 
don Walker as the speaker. The lay- 
men are behind the move to establish 
the "Grace Brethren Village" home 
for the aged in Southern Ohio. Harold 
Huddleston is the Chairman of the 
Board of Trustees for the Grace Breth- 
ren Village. 

was elected assistant Sunday-school 
superintendent, and also president of 
the Christian Endeavor Society. After 
graduating from high school, Millard 
moved to Dayton, Ohio, and worked 
at the Ideal and Sargeants Restaurants 
to work his way through Miami Jacobs 
Business College. Mr. Speece is re- 
tired from 40 years of service with the 
Frigidaire Company in Dayton. His 
family consisted of two daughters, 
Vera La Von and Anna Lee. Vera La 

Von is Mrs. Lee G. Eadler with Jim, 
John, and Becky as her family. Anna 
Lee, at the age of 18, went to be with 
her Lord after a severe attack of bulbar 
polio. Mr. Speece is a member of the 
First Brethren Church in Dayton, Ohio, 
where he served as president of the 
Boethian class, and was a member of 
the board of trustees for six years. He 
greatly appreciated being able to serve 
as National Secretary of Brethren Lay- 
men as it gave him opportunity to fel- 
lowship with many men in the Lord's 

Peters Chosen "Man of Year" in NC Ohio 

Harold Jones, president, 
presented Fred Peters the 
plaque for the "Man of the 
Year" at a recent district rally 
held in the Lexington Grace 
Brethren Church. Mr. Peters 
has been active in the District 
Laymen's Fellowship serving 
as president for four years, 
secretary for two years, and at 
present is the national treas- 
urer. Our recipient is chair- 
man of various national and 
district committees. Fred ac- 
cepted Christ as his personal 
Lord and Saviour July 26, 
1927 and is a member of the 
Ashland, Ohio, Grace Breth- 
ren Church. 

Harold Jones presents the North-Central Ohio Man 
of the Year award to Fred Peters. 

June 14, 1969 


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At left: Exterior of the office and 
warehouse building in Fullerton, Cali- 
fornia, where the Brethren Missionary 
Herald has leased space for a West Coast 
branch. Inset photo is Rev. Dale Brock, 
manager of the new facility. 

Two Exciting, 

New BMH Projects! 

Exciting things are happening in the work of Brethren 
publications! The past few weeks have seen two impor- 
tant new areas of ministry opened by the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Company. 

A new West Coast branch has been opened at Fullerton, 
California, in the greater Los Angeles area. This branch, 
under the direction of Rev. Dale Brock, will serve our Breth- 
ren churches in eleven western states. 

The new BMH printing department, under the super- 
vision of Mr. Bruce Brickel, will produce materials at re- 
duced prices for our national boards, thus using every mis- 
sionary dollar spent for printing to its maximum effi- 

June and July are the months set aside for special em- 
phasis for the work of Brethren publications. First, and 
foremost, pray for your Missionary Herald staff as they 
carry on this vital work. Then give generously, through 
your local church, to assist in the establishment of these 
two new projects. A gift of $5.00 makes you a sustaining 
member of the corporation for one year; $100 entitles 
you to a life membership; and $500 given over a period of 
five years entitles you to a special "Literature Leader" 

Bruce Brickel (left) manager of the new BMH printing facility, 
looks over a press sheet with Dick Rosbrugh. 



June 28, 1969 

izabethtown s Improved Financial Condition . . . 

. was just victory No. 6 

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CLASS OF 1969- 
Grace College and 
Grace Theological 

The Editor Speaks 

What Will No. 7 Be? . 

RX: For America's Condition 

Come to My House 

Church News 

Abundantly Above 

Our Plea for Help . 

Man's Rebellion . 

Class of 1969 

College .... 

Seminary .... 

. 3 
. 8 
. 10 
. 12 
. 14 
. 16 
. 17 
. 19 

KENNETH E. HERMAN, Managing Editor 


Foreign Missions— Rev. John Zielasko 
Grace Schools— Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 
Home Missions— Rev. Lester E. Pifer 

WMC-Mrs. Kenneth Rucker 
SMM— Miss Donna Hawbaker 
Laymen— Mr. Harold Jones 

June 28, 1969 

Volume 31, Number 13 

Cover Picture-The pastor, Warren E. Tamkin, Grace 
Brethren Church, Elizabethtown, Pa., presenting the financial 
picture to the church council which later recommended that 
they become self-supporting April 13, 1969. 

Home Missions and Grace Schools Issue 


SECOND-CLASS postage paid at Winona Lake, Ind. Issued biweekly by The Brethren 
Missionary Herald Co., Inc., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590. Subscription price: 
$4.00 a year, foreign, $5.00. Special rates to churches. 

Brethren Missionary Herald 

The Editor Speaks . . . 

By Clyde K. Landrum 

Jst 5 kJup 



The National Fellowship of Breth- 
ren Churches has yet to demonstrate 
it's real potential for establishing a 
robust literature program commensu- 
rate with its strong theological stature. 
The secular world is basking in the 
glory of phenomenal success in the 
field. Many of the cults far outstrip 
us in the printed page ministry, and 
even in the evangelical world the Breth- 
ren are not at the top in achievement. 
So, in view of the great worth of this 
ministry in getting God's message out 
—it's time we do much more. It's our 
move! We must move rapidly in three 
basic areas: creation, production, and 
distribution of literature. We urge our 
readers to study and evaluate the pro- 
gram and also to stand firm in support 
as we carry it forward. 

There have always been competent 
writers in The Brethren Church, but 
many of these have not made major 
contributions. Perhaps the Brethren 
Missionary Herald Company has not 
challenged the others to get involved 
in good creative activity. But we have 
made a move in the right direction in 
the establishing of our BMH Books di- 
vision, through which we hope to make 
available many more books. Progress 
is also being made in the writing of 
new tracts and booklets, as well as the 
reprinting in convenient size and pleas- 
ing format of various literature by 
Brethren authors. But with such great 
need for evangelistic outreach we must 
provide more. 

In the past we have largely depended 
on other organizations for literature- 
production facilities. But today we 
have a modern, well-managed printing 
plant at Winona Lake to facilitate pro- 
duction. We plan to strengthen this 
arm of our literature ministry as funds 
are available. Not only are we anxious 
to maintain a high standard of quality, 
expand the quantity of BMH produc- 
tion, but also to be of assistance to 
other boards in their efforts. We dare 
not do less than our best in this inter- 
board activity. 

Our BMH distribution facilities are 
being expanded, and this is as it should 
be. Printed material stacked in a ware- 
house will never stir hearts; it must be 
distributed! The new, modern Herald 
Bookstore at Fullerton, California, will 
greatly improve and increase our out- 
put. There will be much closer con- 
tact with the churches in the eleven 
western states, resulting in better and 
faster movement of materials. Better 
mailing facilities, enlargement of the 
mailing staff, and the use of some up- 
dated shipping facilities and procedures 
will help us attain our goals at both 
Winona Lake and Fullerton. 

All in all, our NFBC literature posi- 
tion is being strengthened. We are be- 
ginning to move. But we must move 
faster. The task is great and the need 
urgent. There is much ground to 
cover. Let us move forward together 
with enthusiasm in this challenging 
work. ▼ 

Elizabethtown, Pa., has had 
many victories . . . 

NO. 7 BE? 

By Rev. Warren Tamkin 

I he Grace Brethren Church in Elizabethtown, Pennsyl- 
vania, is rejoicing in the many victories the Lord has given 
us in the past four years. Our fourth anniversary has been 
greatly blessed of God for we have now found it possible to 
go completely self-supporting. Let us share with you some 
of the wonderful things God has wrought in our church 
since its beginning. 

Victory IMo. 1— Nucleus. Every church must have a be- 
ginning, and many have come to know that the first 
twenty-five members are the most difficult to find! In 
1964-65 God began to work in the hearts of a number of 
families in Elizabethtown and they began to travel twelve 

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miles to our church in Lancaster. With 
the encouragement of the missionary- 
minded pastor, Rev. William Tweed- 
dale, the group felt led of the Lord to 
open a new work in their own home 
town. Rev. Robert Lapp, a member 
of the Lancaster church and a graduate 
of the Lancaster School of the Bible, 
took up the challenge to become the 
first pastor on a part-time basis. A 
store building was rented, and the new 
church came into existence on Sunday, 
April 4, 1965. The group was off to a 
good start with an average attendance 
of sixty-eight in Sunday school that 
first month. 

From the beginning, it was obvious 
that God had His hand upon this work 
in a very remarkable way. In spite of 
using a rented building, new people be- 
gan to attend and associate themselves 
with this growing testimony for Christ. 

Victory No. 2-Church Site. Very 
soon the church came under The Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council and the 
next important decision to be made 
was the purchase of land for the new 
church building. God providentially 

closed several doors and finally Mr. 
Paul Mumma, a member of the con- 
gregation, offered for sale a lovely 
three-acre site adjoining his home which 
was just outside the borough limit. It 
was a choice location on a well-known 
road in a growing residential section, 
and an outstanding view of the Lan- 
caster County countryside in all direc- 
tions. After the preliminary plans were 
made for the purchase, God suddenly 
called Mr. Mumma home but the family 
carried out his and their own wishes 
that this become the site for the new 
Grace Brethren Church. 

Victory No. 3— Full-time Pastor- 
Building Program. It was my privilege 
to come as the first full-time pastor of 
the congregation on the first anniver- 
sary, Easter Sunday, 1966. Amid our 
rejoicing the news was not all good 
that day, for we found that we must 
vacate our rented building very quickly. 
The congregation now numbered be- 
tween eighty and ninety and to find a 
suitable meeting place was not easy. 
But God opened up a building just one 
block away from where we were meet- 
ing and just two blocks from our 

church lots. It wasn't ideal, for al- 
though it had once been a small hotel, 
in more recent years it had become a 
bar. But with some cleaning and paint- 
ing, and of course, removing some 
large "BAR" signs— joyously done by 
men of the church— the building was 
ready for occupancy in a few weeks. 
It made quite a joke in town. Our 
friends called it the church which met 
in the old hotel, while the less friendly 
spoke of it as the church in the bar. 
But the attendance grew, souls were 
saved, and Christ proved himself to be 
the Lord of adversity. The church 
building committee was busily at work 
with Rev. Ralph Hall planning a perma- 
nent home for the congregation. Plans 
were drawn in record time to provide 
for a basic $50,000 building, with an 
additional educational unit and final 
large sanctuary to be added in the 
coming years. By the fall of 1966 we 
were ready for construction, and the 
building lot debt was paid in full. 

Victory No. 4-Construction and 
Dedication. The Brethren Construc- 
tion Crew under Mr. Don Sellers ar- 
rived the last of October. The men of 

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The Elizabethtown congregation on dedication day. 

the church were anxious to help in the 
actual building, and God had given us 
several skilled workmen. By the end 
of November the roof was on and now 
the work could proceed unhindered by 
the winter weather. Services of entry 
were held on February 26, 1967, with 
only part of the building ready for oc- 
cupancy. Dedication was on March 
19, and what a day! We did expect a 
good crowd, but the Lord sent far 
more than that. Our auditorium seats 
180 at best, but nearly 400 were pres- 
ent on that beautiful spring afternoon. 

Victory No. 5— Progress. A congre- 
gation cannot just sit back when a 
building is completed and hope for 
future success. In the past two years 
since our dedication, God has been 
doing some wonderful things for us. 
The church has gained a good reputa- 
tion in this community as a church 
where the Word of God is taught, and 
the people love one another, and are 
working together in harmony. First- 
time visitors are in attendance at nearly 
every service. Souls are being saved. 
Young people have dedicated their 
lives to Christ for full-time Christian 
service. Additional important minis- 
tries for the pastor and the church in 
the community are continually open- 
ing up so that the testimony for Christ 
may be enlarged. 

Victory No. 6— Self-supporting. In 
the first quarter of 1969 outstanding 
increases were made in both attendance 
and offerings. The attendance increase 
has been more than 30 percent above 
a year ago, and some months the offer- 
ings have seen a 50 percent increase. 
For a year we had set April 1969, as 
the target date for self-support, and 
quarter by quarter we were increasing 

our share of the support of the work. 
As we approached the new quarter we 
knew the time had arrived, and the 
congregation unanimously voted to go 
self-supporting. Since anniversary Sun- 
day fell on Easter this year, we post- 
poned our official ceremonies for one 
week in order that our Brethren Home 
Missions Council Executive Secretary, 
Rev. Lester E. Pifer, could be with us. 
It was truly a day of rejoicing and vic- 
tory. Our attendance was almost as 
high as our Easter Sunday record of 

From Elizabethtown we say "thank 
you" to everyone who helped to make 
this day possible. We are indebted to 
so many of the Brethren who have 
prayed for us since the day the work 
began. We are most grateful for the 
fine counsel and help given us by The 
Brethren Home Missions Council. With- 
out the assistance, of the architectural 
department, building crew, and Invest- 
ment Foundation our work could not 
have become self-supporting so quickly. 
We also want to thank the extremely 
faithful brethren in our local church 
who have prayed so hard and given so 
much of themselves to make this day 
come to pass under God. 

Victory No. 7—?. Who can say what 
this might be? Another soul? Another 
family coming into our fellowship? 
Development of plans for our second 
unit? We do not know the answers 
concerning the future, but this we do 
know— "From vict'ry unto vict'ry, His 
army shall He lead . . . ." ▼ 

Elizabethtown pastor, 
Warren E. Tamkin 

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Is the apostate church 
responsible? By Rev. 
Lester E. Pifer 

The Scriptures, as recorded by the 
Apostle Paul regarding the apostasy of 
the church, are now being revealed be- 
fore our eyes. Writing under the direc- 
tion of the Holy Spirit he said, "For 
the time will come when they will not 
endure sound doctrine; but after their 
own lusts shall they heap to themselves 
teachers, having itching ears; And they 
shall turn away their ears from the 
truth, and shall be turned unto fables" 
(II Tim. 4:3-4). "For of this sort are 
they which creep into houses, and lead 
captive silly women laden with sins, 
led away with divers lusts, Ever learn- 
ing, and never able to come to the 
knowledge of the truth" (II Tim. 

The Apostle warned the church at 
Corinth, "For such are false apostles, 
deceitful workers, transforming them- 
selves into the apostles of Christ .... 
Whose end shall be according to their 
works" (II Cor. 11:13-15). The faith- 
ful Bible student has been duly warned 
that these conditions would prevail in 
the end time in the apostate church. 
A time when sound doctrine would be 
rejected, interpretations coming out of 
the experience and emotions of the 
flesh, following the false teachers, liter- 
ally messengers of Satan who distort 
the truth, deceitfully leading their fol- 
lowers in a direction diametrically op- 
posed to the revealed plan of God. 

It was very popular to be erudite 
and intellectual twenty years ago when 
only a few dared to deny the virgin 
birth of Christ on unscientific grounds, 
to cast aspersions on the authenticity 
of the Bible, and to question the Gene- 
sis record of creation. However, we 
must admit now that the seeds of 
doubt were sown in fertile ground in 
the major denominational circles, that 
is, in their schools— and were quickly 
picked up and taught in the secular 
areas without fear of reprisal from the 
church. Satan nurtured these seeds in- 
to a giant harvest. 

We are now seeing the harvest ripen 
and the fruit of the seeds of deceit. 

Ninety-five percent of American col- 
lege youth (according to a cross sec- 
tion survey taken on the "age gap") 
say they have no interest in religion 
nor do they relate morals to the Scrip- 
ture. One major denominational youth 
quarterly states that the Christian life 
is a mere dialogue between right and 
wrong and that morality today is not 
to be based upon the Bible. The 
apostate church cannot deny its luke- 
warmness toward spiritual values, its 
denial of cardinal doctrines of truth, 
and its weak-kneed and wobbly atti- 
tude toward the validity of the Scrip- 
tures. It is easily understood why so 
little spiritual interest prevails, why im- 
morality runs rampant and why so 
little respect is seen for law, order, and 
decency. These values are basically 
taught and understood when the Word 
of God is used as the rule of faith and 

What a person does, testifies to 
what he is. What a person is, depends 
upon his understanding of the truth of 
the Bible and his relationship to God. 
Character emanates from the moral 
center of man. Now the question must 
be answered— has the heart of man 
been transformed by the divine power 
of God? Character is too often the re- 
sult of a degenerate heart, a condition 
so prevalent today. 

The apostate church shows no signs 
of repentence, revival, or reverse. In- 
stead, it, like the blind leading the 
blind, continues farther and farther in 
its course away from God. It more 
boldly questions the reality of God, 
denies the power of God, and dis- 
claims the relevance of the Bible to 
modern man. There is an absolute void 
of any consideration of God's stand- 
ards in morals today. Did God place 
any time limit upon His condemnation 
of fornication, adultry, lust, lascivious- 
ness, and evil works? Does God's 
penalty and promise of judgment on 
the sinner not apply to the people of 
this day? How can church leaders, 
clergymen, and Bible teachers turn 
their backs on the Word of God and 
teach a permissive attitude toward sin? 
God says, "The wages of sin is death." 
There is no change in this penalty. 

We cannot minimize the ability and 
power of Satan in this realm. He is a 
master of deceit, confusion, and rebel- 
lion. Jesus indicated the character of 

Satan was manifested in the Pharisees 
(John 8). The Apostle Paul warned 
against the false teachers and preachers 
(II Cor. 1 1 : 1 5) and the "works of dark- 
ness" (Rom. 13:12). Satan could use 
no finer tool than the apostate churches 
of this land to thwart the purpose of 
God on earth. So masterful has been 
his deception that clergymen are major- 
ing in everything but the preaching of 
the Gospel of Christ. He has so blinded 
the eyes of the millions of church 
members that they have lost their re- 
spect for God's Word, acting solely 
upon the impulses of the mind and the 
desires of the flesh (II Cor. 4:4). 

Mr. J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the 
FBI, states in his excellent work on A 
Study of Communism: "Communist 
morality is highly flexible. It is based 
on a single premise— anything that pro- 
motes progress toward communism is 
necessarily good, and anything that in- 
terferes with that progress is necessarily 
bad. Communists call this standard 
of morality 'proletarian utility.' Con- 
vinced that capitalism is evil, Com- 
munists say they are morally justified 
in using any and all means to bring 
about its destruction and to establish 
in its place a world-wide Communist 
society. Communists completely reject 
not only the traditional Judaeo- 
Christian concept of morality, with its 
objective standards of what is right and 
what is wrong, but also the very idea 
itself that there can be any objective 
standard of morality" (pp. 48^19). 

It is this writer's candid opinion 
that Satan has skillfully employed the 
means and proponents of Communism, 
coupled the delusion and deceit of the 
apostate church to bring the massive 
state of lawlessness, rebellion, and im- 
morality that will eventually weaken 
this nation until it collapses. It is a 
master stroke of the devil to thwart 
the program of God for the salvation 
of people in our world. 

Christian, it is imperative that we 
stand upon the truth of God's Word. 
It is equally imperative that we recog- 
nize the forces of evil about us and em- 
ploy every method, effort, and talent 
to spread the good news of the Gospel. 
Though churches everywhere are fall- 
ing in apostasy, we must hold high the 
standards of God, lending every effort 
to reach the lost for Christ in these 
critical days. ▼ 

June 28, 1969 



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"Hello, Isobel." 

"Hello, Mrs. G— . How are you to- 

"Oh, you know me!" she said, quite 
surprised and pleased. "I'm sorry I 
wasn't home when you called. I found 
your paper. I want to wish you a hap- 
py Easter. I want you and your friend 
to come to visit me during Passover. 
Come for lunch and have some of my 

This was the gist of what Mrs. G— 
said on the phone about a week before 
Passover. My friend is Ann Isaacson, 
a Hebrew Christian, and a former 
neighbor of hers. For several years 
Ann and I have called on her and have 
had opportunity to speak about the 
Word of God. Sometimes she is more 
receptive than others. Excuses are 
given to the invitations to our meet- 
ings, but we are always invited to re- 

During Passover week, I contacted 
her and arrangements were made for a 
visit on Tuesday at 2:30 in the after- 
noon. The conversation took a spiritual 
turn when Ann remarked about a verse 
in Psalm 69 that had been such a bless- 
ing to her. This opened a discussion 
on Passover and the corban (sacrifice). 

Mrs. G— mentioned that often be- 
fore going to bed she listened to the 
message on our telephone secretary. 

"Maybe I should believe," she re- 

To this we readily agreed. 

"But God isn't a person," she added. 

We explained to her that God is a 
person; He has personality. One does 
not have to be human to be a person. 
God, who is Spirit, at a definite time 
in history through a miracle birth, 
took upon himself a human form and 
dwelt among us. Even before this, 
God did appear in a visible form as is 
recorded in the Old Testament. His 
appearances to Jacob and the seventy 
elders of Israel were read to her. 

A discussion of events in Israel and 
trouble in the world today brought us 
to consider the Messiah and His com- 
ing. She did not feel that times were 
bad enough yet for Him to come. 
(Rabbinical teaching is that Messiah 

June 28, 1969 

will come either when times are very, 
very bad, or very, very good.) These 
circumstances, we pointed out, were 
all signs and the next great event re- 
garding Messiah was to be His coming 
for His own. Elijah's experience was 
recounted and I Thessalonians 4. After 
this, the very bad times would come 
and then would Messiah return on a 
white horse, even as the orthodox Jews 
hold. As she sat beside me and fol- 
lowed along, Zechariah 12 and Isaiah 2 
were shared with her. 

A kosher (clean) heart is necessary 
to have a part in this great event. This 
was the reason the Messiah had come 
the first time— to pay the penalty for 
sin. Just as the blood on the doorpost 
on the first Passover delivered the first- 
born from death, so those who applied 
the blood of Messiah to their hearts to- 
day by faith would be passed over 
when God brings judgment for sin. 

Enough! That was all she would 
accept for the time. Now we were to 
have the passover pancakes (made from 
matzo meal) she had prepared. They 
were delicious with sugar, syrup, or 
applesauce. (There went that one 
pound that I had worked so hard to 

Talking as we ate, the subject of the 
new birth came up. Since the three 
of us were born in Europe (Ann and 
Mrs. G— in Russia; myself in Scotland), 
the obtaining of our citizenship was a 
graphic illustration of becoming a citi- 
zen of heaven. Just as we meet the 
requirements of the United States in 

order to become a citizen and obtain 
its privileges, so we become a citizen 
of heaven on God's terms. 

"I have a question to ask you," 
Mrs. G— said. "Why do Jews do 
things differently? Aren't we all the 

Consisely we explained that the 
Jews were chosen of God as the instru- 
ment through whom He would reveal 
himself. In the Old Testament God 
gave them many things to observe to 
remind them of His goodness and keep 
them true to Him. Today most of the 
things that the Jewish people observe 
are traditional rather than Biblical. We 
Christians do not observe the Old Tes- 
tament ritual because Messiah has come 
and fulfilled them. To do so, would 
be like looking at a picture of a loved 
one, and ignoring his very presence 
with you. 

Time to go! Ann has a husband for 
whom she must prepare supper. He is 
not a believer! As we left, Mrs. G— 
said she might come to our next 
luncheon discussion meeting. 

"Come again. Come more often!" 

We will accept that invitation. As 
we do, it is our prayer this dear Jewess 
may be willing to share in Christ's in- 
vitation: "In my Father's house are 
many mansions: if it were not so, I 
would have told you. I go to prepare 
a place for you. And if I go and pre- 
pare a place for you, I will come again, 
and receive you unto myself; that 
where I am, there ye may be also" 
(John 14:2-3). ▼ 


Brethren Minute-Men, here is your 
greatest opportunity yet. It's another 
first in Brethren Home Missions— the 
first entrance of the NFBC into the 
State of Alaska. Rev. Herman Hein is 
the first one to answer the call to 
Alaska. He has had this field on his 
heart for over a decade and with the 
Minute-Men helping to get his family 

on the field, Mr. Hein will be self- 
supporting until a church is well under 
way. It is no small item to move a 
family from Kokomo, Indiana, to Ke- 
nai, Alaska, and it will take $5,000 to 
do the job of relocating these mission- 
aries. Look for that letter and join the 
Brethren Minute-Men in sending the 
first Brethren missionaries to Alaska. T 


Pictured above are Pastor W. Carl Miller 
(at right) and Superintendent Earl Key with 
the wagon containing the "30 Pieces of 
Silver" offering taken in the church. 

COVINGTON, VA. A "30 Pieces of 
Silver" offering totaling $920.63 was 
received at the Grace Brethren Church, 
ending on Easter. The amount was 
given by 169 people for an average of 
$5.45 per person. The purpose was to 
help pay off the church bus, and it cut 
the balance to less than $400. The 
offering was taken in a wagon as it was 
rolled down the center isle of the 
church. Excellent meetings were held 
with Rev. Dean Fetterhoff in May. 
The average attendance was 137, and 
there were 10 decisions for salvation, 
and 1 1 for rededication. There were 
14 baptized on June 1. The church 
voted to secure Bruce Paden, a 1969 
graduate of Grace Seminary, as minis- 
ter of youth. He began his work June 
4. W. Carl Miller, pastor. 

HAGERSTOWN, MD. Miss Jacque 
Collitt, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. 
Robert Collitt, Hagerstown Grace 
Brethren Church, has been accepted as 
a short-term assistant by Wycliffe Bible 
Translators in Peru, South America, for 
a two-year term. She plans to leave 
the U.S. on Sept. 1, serving as part of 
the support personnel at the base in 
Yarinacoche, Peru. 

cation of the new facilities of the Bell- 
flower Brethren Church was held June 
8, at 4 p.m., with open house from 
5-7, followed by a sacred music con- 
cert. Special guests for the day in- 
cluded Mayor Mary E. Lewis, Rev. 
Dean Canady, Rev. Ralph Colbum, 
Mr. Gerald Franks, Rev. Clyde Lan- 
drum, Rev. Lyle Marvin, Dr. Charles 
Mayes, Dr. Glenn O'Neal, and Rev. 
Leo Polman. Edwin E. Cashman, 

Brethren Church has sold its building 
to a Negro Church of Christ congre- 
gation. The final service for the Breth- 
ren was held June 15. At present 
there are no plans for initiating a 
church program in another area. 

CHANGES. New addresses have 
been reported for Rev. and Mrs. Victor 
Rogers, 10301 Stovall Place, N.E., Al- 
burquerque, N. Mex. 87112; and Rev. 
and Mrs. George Christie, 910 S. 27th 
Ave., Yakima, Wash. 98902. Please 
change your Annual. 

J. Harris accepted the call to become 
pastor of the First Brethren Church, 
effective the first week of August. 

ASHLAND, OHIO. Dedication serv- 
ices for a 9,000 square foot educational 
building were held at the Southview 
Grace Brethren Church June 1 . Com- 
pleting phase two of a three-phase 
building program, the new facilities 
provide 18 large classrooms, a new 
church office, nursery, and kitchen. 
Phase one was completed in August 
1968 with parking space for 250 
automobiles. Plans are now ready for 
phase three which will enlarge the 
sanctuary, provide larger classrooms, 
more seating space, and new baptismal 
facilities. Dr. Kenneth Ashman, pastor 
of the First Brethren Church, Wooster, 
Ohio, was the speaker for the occasion. 
Mason Cooper, pastor. 

The ground-breaking ceremony crowd outlines the proposed facility of the Warsaw 
Community Grace Brethren Church. 

WARSAW, IND. The Community Grace Brethren Church held ground- 
breaking services May 25 for a new $225,000 sanctuary addition to the present 
facilities. The building has housed the church and Warsaw Christian School since 
1956, and both have outgrown the available space. The new sanctuary, which 
will seat 460 persons, will use the parabolic arch design. Plans for the new build- 
ing were prepared by the Brethren Architectural Service. In addition to the 
sanctuary, an education-administration wing will be built to house nursery and 
children's facilities, classrooms, offices, and rest rooms. The new structure will 
be totally air conditioned. Those participating in the service were: Rev. Clyde 
Landrum, building committee chairman; Rev. Ralph Hall, Brethren Architectural 
Service; and Jerry Carey, Church Service and Supply Co., which has received con- 
struction contracts. Mark Malles, pastor. 


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SO. OHIO DISTRICT. New officers 
were installed at the final service of the 
16th annual district conference May 8. 
Rev. G. Forrest Jackson, pastor of the 
First Brethren Church, Dayton, will 
serve as moderator of the 1970 con- 
ference. Rev. Jesse Deloe, vice moder- 
ator; Rev. Horace Mohler, secretary; 
Rev. Clyde Caes, assistant secretary; 
Mr. Russell Ham, treasurer; Mr. Herbert 
Edwards, statistician. Members at 
large on the executive committee will 
be Dr. Joseph Mohler and Mr. H. C. 
Petry, Jr. Grace Brethren Village 
trustees report gifts and pledges 
amounting to $40,000 have been re- 
ceived. The purchase of property in 
Englewood is contingent upon zoning 
approval by the city council. When 
approval is granted, $30,000 more will 
be needed to finish payment. Building 
plans are now being considered by the 
official board. 

HARRAH, WASH. Mrs. Effie Sto- 
ver gave the Harrah Brethren Church 
$71 . She earned this money by selling 
peonies on Memorial Day. Much time 
was spent caring for the peony bushes 
whose large blooms are a favorite for 
decorating graves in the Northwest. 
"Whatever I get for the peonies will go 
to the Lord's work," Mrs. Stover said. 
Dan Labbee was one of two recipients 
of the Amsbaugh Memorial Trophy 
presented to a local graduate for loyal- 
ty and determination in athletics. In 
the Washington state track meet, Dan 
placed second in the javelin with a 
throw of 201 ft. Kathy Smithwick 
was among seven high school seniors 
from throughout the Yakima Valley 
chosen for her talent and leadership in 
the Campus Life Club of Youth for 
Christ. Charles H. Winter, pastor. 

July Bible 
Reading Calendar 



1 JOB 

21,22 ACTS 


2 JOB 

23,24,25 ACTS 


3 JOB 

26, 27, 28 ACTS 


4 JOB 

29, 30 ACTS 


& JOB 

31,32 ACTS 


6 JOB 

33,34 ACTS 


7 JOB 

35,36,37 ACTS 


8 JOB 

38, 39 ACTS 


9 JOB 

40,41,42 ACTS 


10 PSALMS 1,2,3 ACTS 


11 PSALMS 4,5,6 ACTS 


12 PSALMS 7.8.9 ACTS 


13 PSA. 

10,11,12 ACTS 


14 PSA. 

13-16 ACTS 


15 PSALMS 17.18 ACTS 


16 PSA. 

19,20,21 ACTS 


17 PSA. 

22,23,24 ACTS 


18 PSA. 

25,26,27 ACTS 


19 PSA. 

28,29,30 ACTS 


20 PSA. 

31,32.33 ACTS 


21 PSALMS 34,35 ACTS 


22 PSALMS 36,37 ACTS 


23 PSA. 

38,39,40 ACTS 


24 PSA. 

41,42,43 ACTS 


25 PSA. 

44,45,46 ACTS 


26 PSA. 

47,48,49 ACTS 


27 PSA. 

50, 51 , 52 ACTS 


28 PSA. 

53,54,55 ACTS 


29 PSA. 

56, 57, 58 ACTS 


30 PSA. 

59,60,61 ACTS 


31 PSA. 

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NOTICE. Churches considering new 
hymnals are invited to request samples 
and obtain prices from the Missionary 
Herald Co. Individuals, Sunday-school 
classes or other groups may wish to 
consider giving them to the church, 
and extended payment terms are avail- 
able if desired. Samples of the various 
hymnals and complete price informa- 
tion may be obtained from Charles 
Koontz, The Brethren Missionary Her- 
ald Co., Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. Remember that the proceeds 
from your purchases are used to ex- 
pand the free literature ministry of the 
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The development department of Grace Schools is seeking a born-again 
Christian who is qualified to assume administrative responsibility in the 
field of Public Relations. 

Such a job would involve managing the news bureau and photographic 
services, traveling some weekends and each summer with student develop- 
ment teams, and being responsible for advertising, sports publicity, and 
miscellaneous publications. 

This person should have a college degree and preferably some graduate 
work. In addition, he should be able to communicate well in writing and 

Will you help us in finding such a person by praying about this urgent 
need? Any suggestions you might have to share with us would be greatly 
appreciated.— Richard G. Messner, Director of Development, Grace College 
and Seminary, Box 397, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 


Rev. P. Fred Fogle, chairman 
of the National Fellowship of 
Brethren Ministers, reminds all 
ministers that in order for your 
name to appear on the initial 
membership list for 1969, it must 
be given to your respective dis- 
trict secretary and your dues 
must be paid before July 15. 
Please do your part to help the 
national ministerium establish a 
correct list. 

CONEMAUGH, PA. Rev. Robert 
Crees presented his resignation as pas- 
tor to the Singer Hill Grace Brethren 
Church June 8. He has accepted the 
call to the pastorate of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Goshen, Ind. 

Franks, artist in residence at Grace 
College, played a fifteen-minute con- 
cert prior to the Los Angeles Dodgers' 
ballgame at Dodger Stadium June 7. 
He also played the National Anthem 
there for the second time. 

Weddina dSelli 

A six month's free subscription to the 
Brethren Missionary Herald is given to 
those whose addresses are supplied by the 
officiating minister. 

Phyllis Jean Mayo and Randall L. 
Bitner, May 3, First Brethren Church, 
Camden, Ohio. 

Lynette Lock and Thomas A. Soren- 
son, May 24, Los Altos Brethren 
Church, Long Beach, Calif. 

Susan Betz and Tim Morganstern, 
June 7, Woodville Grace Brethren 
Church, Mansfield, Ohio. 

Paula Leistner and Dean Streit, 
June 14, Bethel Brethren Church, 
Berne, Ind. 

Shirley Bonewitz and Gary Smetzer, 
June 15, First Brethren Church, Woo- 
ster, Ohio. 



Notices of death appearing in this column 
must be submitted in writing by a pastor. 

ROOT, Homer, a member of the 
First Brethren Church of Camden, 
Ohio, passed away May 10. George S. 
Ritchey, pastor. 

June 28, 1969 


Abundantly Above* 

With each step in the soft, amber 
earth, a puff of dust encircled my 
black suede shoes changing them to 
a rich brown shade. This dark 
brown— the color we see all around 
us— the earth and the people. The 
men, women, and children whose 
footprints were being erased by my 
shoes and the dust they made as I 
continued on. And as I walked, 
thinking about these footprints, 
many thoughts crossed my mind. 
God's Word says the steps of a good 
man are directed by the Lord and 
He knoweth the way he takes. He 
leadeth me, step by step. I pon- 
dered—how many of these, in a land 
where only two out of twenty, 
know the gospel message— how 
many of these steps were directed 
by God? How many were led by 
His Spirit? My heart cried out— 
"Go tell them upon the mountains 
and upon the plains. Tell them that 
God loves them. Tell them that 
Jesus Christ, God's Son, is their 
Saviour too; the Saviour of all the 
peoples of the world." This is a 
privilege that is given to all, wher- 
ever we are. How glorious, when 
even our feet, (our unbecoming feet) 
become beautiful when we carry the 
glad tidings to those without Christ. 

I walked on and my thoughts 
turned back to the land of my birth 
where I learned to know and love 
this wonderful Shepherd who goes 
before and leads His sheep. I re- 
membered, even as a little girl, how 
I earnestly desired to serve my Lord 
and Master on a foreign land, the 
land of Africa. For almost fifty 
years, the Lord directed my paths 
in rich service for Him in the home- 
land. Then on October 1, 1966, in 
the Anaheim Brethren Church, dur- 
ing a missionary conference, the 
dear Lord, who was mindful of my 
long cherished desire, simultaneous- 
ly spoke to my husband's heart and 
mine, saying: "I have work in Africa 
that you can do for Me." Our hearts 
were filled with joy. We committed 
our way to the Lord asking His 
guidance for the path was not clear 
and we could not see the way. But 
step by step, He led us and the way 
became bright with His presence. 
For a year and eight months, we 
have been privileged to walk in this 
soft dusty earth, in this land of 
God's choice for us. We offer praise 
"unto him that is able to do exceed- 
ing abundantly above all that we 
ask or think . . . (Eph. 3:20). 

—Ellen Voorhees, Africa ▼ 

Ephesians 3:20 


June 28, 1969 

Just off the press! An un- 
folding panoramic view 
of the ultimate end of 
the present age! 



By Dr. Herman A. Hoyt 

President, Grace College and 
Grace Theological Seminary 





Man's instinctive search for knowledge of the future 
has been the stimulation of countless volumes on 
eschatology. The End Times systematically organizes 
this diversified information into a thorough, readable 
and easily comprehensible analysis of the subject- 
accurately documented, with consideration given to 
conflicting viewpoints. Some of the subjects covered 
include: Physical Death, The Intermediate State, The 
Second Coming of Christ, The Tribula